Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Labor Day Accomplishment
I decided to load another nursing home quilt on Gemma yesterday. I had thought I would just get it loaded and ready, but once I had it that far, I thought, why not do something different? I've been watching videos for different quilting designs and this one gal does a lot of marking with chalk.
The pattern on this top lent itself to become a good candidate for grid quilting. I marked out squares the same size as the sqaures in the strips, using different chalk methods. I used a chalk wheel for a bit, then switched to regular old pieces of school chalk, which worked a little better, but made a thicker line. In this scenario, a larger line was okay, but if I were doing fine work, I would have preferred a thinner line.
After marking the grid, I started making clamshell shapes. I didn't mark a center for the arc to hit, but I think I did okay.
And, believe it or not, I completed the quilting all in one pop! Start to finish, including loading the quilt on Gemma and trimming it when complete, it took me 2-1/2 hours. The quilt is approximately 60"x60".
The quilting went very quickly and I'm pleased with the look.
I even like the way it looks on the back side. Tonight I hope to have enough energy to load up another nursing home quilt when I get home from work. Moving right along! Whee!