Tuesday was a fun day for me!
My friend Joanne let me come over and play on her Gammill!!!
Do you remember this quilt?
Designed by Jenny Beyer and using her wonderful, color-drenched fabrics..... YUM!!!
I finished this quilt in May of last year, and it has languished on my "to be quilted" shelf this entire year waiting for me to decide how I wanted it quilted. I knew I didn't want to hand quilt it - not enough years left for me to attempt that! I didn't want to just send it out for an all-over panto - too special for that! But custom quilting is really expensive and I hate to pay that much for something I could do myself given enough time and energy.
I really enjoy free-motion quilting on my domestic machine, but there were two major hurdles for me to overcome before I could decide to custom quilt this one myself. One was the lack of resources. I don't like tying up my sewing machine with a huge quilting project, leaving me without my good machine for piecing on other projects until it is done. I took care of that problem when I added the little Bernina to the herd and set up a separate quilting area with my Janome 6600 - you can read about how I did that HERE if you are interested.
|Janome 6600 on left for quilting and Bernina 180 on right for piecing - a perfect world!!!|
Loaded and ready to go.....
Aren't these blocks gorgeous?
You can see the great big stitches - they will be so easy to take out as I move around the quilt!
I decided to do something else new this time too since this is such a special quilt - I used a wool batt! It felt really soft and silky, and already I love the little bit of extra loft to the quilt! I'll be keeping you posted on this project as I work on it, block by slow block!!!
I'm off and running now - looking forward to having lunch with a very great friend!
How's your week going?
Hugs & Blessings!