OMG, that big stitch quilting is making my fingers sore! So I need a little break from that, so I planned on a visit to my Bernina today. You see, it's been a while....I got so caught up in the "I don't have any handwork to do " panic that I prepped three projects, and have not visited my long lost friend in a while. So while the lazies slept, I got an early start.
Did I have a plan, oh no, I did not. As the great philosopher Sponge Bob would say "Tartar Sauce"!!! Now I have to cut something out? ok, let's do Double Delight blocks and Doll Quilt Swap 8 miniature quilt....cut? check! and we're off!
Today I was able to finish 240 square in a square blocks for the Double Delight in progress., go to the movies with the kids (2 thumbs up for Percy Jackson---I laughed, I cried, I sang along with the music) and got the center of the DQS done....
This little part is 9" x 16" so there's some LITTLE pieces in here. Some half square triangles on the sides and then borders all around. This little one will be done in the next day or so.
And now time to get ready for the week.....let's hope there's no snow days, or other expected weather, I have alot planned!
This day at the machine was brought to you by the letter S for sore fingers, soft fabric, small pieces and super Sunday.
So I finally got the giant alien flower quilt top basted together and ready for some big stitch quilting....and away we go!
I'm using perle cotton that's a little heavier than you would ordinarily use, but these blocks are nearly 18" so they can carry some heavy thread. I am using a #5 thread, when you would usually use an 8. So this comes with it's challenges. I could not figure out a way to bury a knot at the beginning of a new thread, so I buried a tail in the batting (I hope) and did some anchor stitches on the back before bringing the thread to the front. And the same at the end of the thread.
And I figured out the hard way that a regular needle threader does not like this pearl cotton. But Sister Mary Awful tells tale that there is an embroidery needle threader....so I'll be doing a little surfing to see if I can find that.
And you absotively must use a thimble!!!
But the thing I love best about the big stitches.....I don't need to use my glasses, the stitches and the shapes in this quilt are so big I can see them without the cheaters.
It's nice to have a project that doesn't require the same level of attention as applique....especially during the Olympics!