Under The Machines (or Work in Progress)

 

IMG_0342 On Monday I pinned my year-long collaborative project to the long arm quilting machine. This quilt project has been a year in the making and for lack of a better name, it is called ‘O’s 2013′….but that could change. And a little background to our year projects. This is our third year project. Working on it throughout the year, we make two sets of blocks in a predetermined color way, pattern, and number and send off the designated number in the mail to ‘there’….At the end of the year, we each assemble our own collection of blocks, some from ‘there’ and the others from ‘here.’  My blocks went up on my design wall for a week before I decided what I would do. I had moved blocks this way and that, and then one by one, the squares were stitched to each other, and rows were sewn, until it was completed.  The next step was to make the backing. Because of the size of the quilt top, it required some thought as to how it would be sewn together. I used bright colored fabrics, mostly Marimekko and Kaffe Fassett in reds and oranges. I allowed an extra 8 inches in each direction for loading it on the long arm. After a good pressing, I pinned the back to the top and bottom  rollers of my long arm. Finally, the batting was measured and laid on  the backing.  And then the pieced top. I started quilting in the top right corner and worked across the first rows.  I think it will take maybe 10 or 12 hours to quilt the whole thing.

Freeform quilting in each section and piece

Freeform quilting in each section and piece

On another machine, my Juki, I am stitching together the strips of orange I posted yesterday. These will be used in another project designed by Amy.  We made a similar quilt during a recent work visit. Amy has tweaked it a bit this way and that for this one using the orange strips.

One by one, the stripped piece grows

One by one, the stripped piece grows

It’s been a busy day here, and a good day to be inside with the wet cold weather outside. My two boys (cats) are snuggled together on my mom’s chair in the corner and keep an eye on things in here. When appropriate, they jump up and on my lap when I sit. I’m done quilting for the day, and time now to play with the new Dresden Plate template which came in the mail today.

Fun to explore with this template.

Fun to explore with this template.

I hope your day has been rich with color,  fabric, and art.

Opal

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