My blog statistics suggest that I had more Ukrainians view my blog this week than people from the US. I have 3 theories. ( If you are a quilter and live in the Ukraine, please leave any comment so I know you really exist.)
1) Я Української Квілтер.
2) Misha Sakaashvili has a secret crush on me so he and his people keep checking out my blog.
3) Ukranian Spammers visit my site but can't figure out an angle to get me to pay them.
I continue to make slow but steady progress on the big stitch quilt. A few more rows to finish the body of the quilt, then about 4 rows around the outside
I find that the big needle and thread take so much more pressure to push stitches through the fabric that my hands get very tired very fast. The rows are 1/2 to 1" apart.
This morning I managed to get the pickle dish quilt sandwiched and started with some machine stitching around the rings with the walking foot. Then I'll go back with the free motion foot and quilt the "eyelashes" pieces of the arcs and decide on some FMQ fill for the red sections.
One of my favorite things about my current employer is that they roll vacation and sick leave into PTO - paid time off. Unfortunately, for the first time in 4 years, I am squandering potential vacation time being sick. Bah. Stupid head cold.
After a couple cups of coffee, I had enough energy to start piecing together some bits for the quilt backing for the Pickle Dish quilt.
Maybe after a nap I'll feel up to sandwiching this quilt.
I took several pictures trying to show the difference in texture between pre/post washing, but they are not apparent in the photos. But the outcome is super cool. Come to my house and I'll show you!
After quilting, this was 41x53 and after washing 39x 49.5. The difference between the machine and hand quilting resulted in some challenging quilting. I needed to pull in 3" on the outer edges, which meant that I was doing a lot of "gathering" rather than standard quilting.
So, for the record, machine vs hand quilting? I always prefer hand. But sometimes machine is the right tool for the job.
I've made progress on the hand quilting on the background of the bird. This was taken about noon on Saturday. I got a couple hours worth done after that, and hope to finish up today. I can't wait to see this after it's washed and crinkly.
My assistant keeps slowing me down. She's not a "lap cat" unless I'm trying to quilt.