|Stepping Stones - 113" x 104"|
The quilting though has been nightmare. I have never had as many problems with a quilt as I did with this one. The thread kept breaking on my machine. I changed needles. Cleaned it. Changed the thread. Had my machine serviced. Replaced the carriage on my frame. And finally replaced the track on my frame. (FYI - I have a Grace GMQ Pro frame.) After all of that, it now purrs like a kitten! But it was months of frustration where I didn't want to even touch it.
|I have to loosen the leaders when I'm not quilting or the cats use it as a hammock.|
This is the first time I've ever had to do a patch job on batting, but I think it turned out OK.
I used the Dusty Miller pantograph from Urban Elementz on this quilt. It's the first time I've used it. It's a dense pantograph, but very pretty. I'll definitely use it again.
As usual, I used one of the blocks from the quilt for the label. I just added a pre-made label to the top of it and hand-stitched everything to the back.
With 5 pets, I know this quilt is going to get a lot of heavy use and will undoubtedly be washed frequently. I decided to sew the binding on by machine. (Also because I don't like hand sewing binding down.) I glue-baste my binding to the back with Elmer's glue before I sew it down. It's water soluble and helps me get a nice even finish. Just a tiny bead of glue and then a press of the iron is enough to make it stay.
Sam was ever so helpful while I was trying to finish the binding...
So, to sum up Stepping Stones:
- Size: 104" x 113"
- Fabric: Wiscasset by Minick & Simpson, Kona cotton for the sashing and backing
- Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
- Thread: Aurifil for piecing, Superior Threads So Fine #457 for quilting
- Pattern: Adapted Leap Year by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
Because of the patriotic colors, I always planned for this quilt to go on our bed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. So it was really nice to finish it yesterday and put it on there. I have such plans of having quilts for our bed for all of the seasons, but considering it's taken me 10 years to produce my first one, there's no telling how long the others will take! One step at a time...
Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.
Psalm 50:15 (NLT)