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Opportunities from Oopsie-Daisy

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

So I need to quickly quilt this quilt  because it needs to be a pattern in just a few weeks and I’m thinking this is a really good opportunity to use the channel locks on my long arm. I have never been successful using this option because the quilt that you quilt straight lines on has to be perfectly straight itself. And we know that that is often a rarity no matter how hard we strive to achieve it!

As I assess the situation I decide that this quilt has a lot of white space which will allow me to fudge straight lines a little. Luckily, though, it seems to be square and straight. I smile to myself because maybe all these years of my practicing is paying off! As I start to channel lock, its all going rather smoothly and quickly. I walk the long arm from one end of the quilt to the other laying down straight lines 1″ apart. It’s looking pretty cool until I notice that one long vertical seam runs parallel to the channels right smack dab in the middle creating an annoying hump – ugh!

What to do – what to do… I’m going to have to fill the channels and camouflage that hump now.  So I contemplate – and worry about time… Finally I decide there’s no hope for it. I am  just going to have to add some more quilting – so much for easy and quick. I start adding half-feathers in the channels.

I think it looks pretty cool – time crunch aside. I am happy. But I really need to get back to work! Time’s a-wasting!

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12 Feathers!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Well – I didn’t set out to do this… This is a charity quilt for the Flying Geese Quilt Guild and I was just going to do an all -over on it. However, as I was loading the quilt on my long-arm, I remembered that the rear on-off switch didn’t work (my husband took the rear switch to fix the front switch last week and I haven’t remembered to go to Radio Shack and get another one) so I was not going to be able to work from the back of the machine. OK – I thought. This quilt has lots and lots of white space. I’ll just jazz it up a bit and put feathers in the white blocks.  True to form,  I couldn’t remember the size of the first feather’s circle when I was making the second. Now, I even took a ruler to it but still got it wrong!!! So the second feather has a bigger center and no longer matches the first. I debate. Who will notice?  Its only one circle, right? It could be my humility block! But no, humility is apparently not my forte. I decide that I am going to make it look like I planned it and will do a different feather in each block. I was just finishing up the third when I wondered how many feathers I’ll have to come up with . I count the white blocks – There are 12. Had I thought to count early, I might have just gone back the the humility theme…  Needless to say, I persevered and have 12 different feathered wreaths in this quilt. Hmmm… some are a little catty-whoppas… humility still lives!!