For the inner border, I'll test some combinations of the machine's programmed stitches. The outer border may be free-motion quilted or it may be quilted with programmed stitches--not sure yet. All I know is that I'm finished wrestling with this behemoth, so whatever doesn't strain my neck and arms is what gets my vote.
And...she's back! Tucked away in a drawer all this time for safekeeping, the girl was taken out and quilted Wednesday in free motion, onto a piece of purple batik. Her hair clasp is embellished with the same gold metallic thread used for her gown lacing.
She's now ready to be appliqued onto the garrison quilt...but that won't happen until the borders are quilted, the quilt is blocked, and the shrubs, the binding and the label are sewn on. In other words, she'll be the very last thing to go on the quilt. I don't want her involved in the blocking process, and this way she'll endure as little handling as possible. So she's back in the drawer for now.
The last two days were spent cutting scrap fabric into strips for my first quilt-as-you-go project. The batting squares had already been spray-glued to the backing squares out in the garage. No way am I going to spray aerosol glue in the studio--or even my basement for that matter!
The quilt-as-you-go project will be a good workout for the beautiful Singer 403 that my VVHH picked up for $8.00 last week at the thrift shop. He fixed the motor and it's running fine now. It didn't come with any attachments except the presser foot and one cam, but all the attachments for the Singer 503 I inherited from my mother-in-law fit this machine as well--including the walking foot. How lucky is that?!
The next thing VVHH did (he should have his own blog, or at least write a guest blog, as one reader suggested) was to install a pretty curtain rod in the studio. It's the perfect space to hang quilts when photographing them for my Etsy shop!
Linking up at Whoop Whoop Fridays where Sarah has a charity quilt challenge going, as well as a beautiful butterfly quilt on display, made by a friend. Also hooking up with FMQ Project Linkup, where Leah has finished her Building Blocks Quilt!
And now, back to quilting and March Madness--lots of games today, and Louisville (my hometown) scored another win last night in their conference tournament. Also, the temp is going into the 70's today! (Before dropping back into the 20's Monday or Tuesday--can you believe it?).
Have a great weekend!