ST&D: 60% quilted

Another two rows done.

This particular quilting design does get easier as you go along. You realise that actually it’s not really necessary to mark up this design on your block top. You learn the time intervals at which you move the block from side to side to get the wavy line fairly even. You realise that very dense appliqué or piecing should not be closely quilted or it will stiffen, so you open the lines out in these areas. You learn – quickly – that it’s a really good idea to clip your starting threads (assuming you don’t use leaders and enders, I don’t) because otherwise the sewing machine will pounce on them and chew them enthusiastically at the start of the next line. You get in the habit of placing a pin in the starting edge of the block to indicate whether the wavy lines are horizontal or vertical for this particular piece’s place in the layout, so that the chequerboard effect is consistent and you don’t get three verticals in a row. And you give your walking foot some love. Clean out the matted fluff, wipe off any spray-baste residue, give it a good dusting.

Past the halfway point now, just two more rows to go. Signed, Tealed & Delivered is going to be sashed in teal on the front and cream on the back, just because. All cream is a bit dull to work with. I found some very pretty fabric for the front sashing, and it’ll make a nice change.

A bit of mindless quilting has been just what I need as a break from marketing strategy and copywriting. Sadly, it’s time to get back to all that. I have an entire website to edit and rewrite.

Anyone would think I was getting paid for it…

23 thoughts on “ST&D: 60% quilted

  1. What a lot you have done! I am in awe!

  2. tialys says:

    Stupid question! Are you doing the wavy lines in alternate directions so you don’t have to match them up? If so, I wish I’d thought of that when I was quilting my hatbox blocks. I think I only (sort of) got away with it because of the sashing in between.

    • katechiconi says:

      Not really. Even if I had all the wavy lines going the same way, I wouldn’t try and match them up. Life is too short. I’m quite happy with the slightly organic feel of these lines, and don’t want anything too regimented. I like the cross-hatched effect of alternating the direction, it feels nice under the hand. If you remember, I did the same thing on the Grey Nomad quilt.

      • tialys says:

        That’s it – ‘organic’ 🙂

      • katechiconi says:

        Covers a multitude of sins, I find! I have my copywriting hat on almost full-time at the moment, and I’m afraid it’s filtering through into my blogging life. Do mention it if you start to notice my prose getting a bit high-octane, won’t you?

  3. susanpblog says:

    This is pretty! love the colour too

    • katechiconi says:

      I like it too! Just as well really, considering it’s the Ovarian Cancer colour and we’ve made quite a few of them now for fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Australia 🙂

  4. claire93 says:

    coming along in leaps and bounds!

  5. dayphoto says:

    It’s really looking good!

  6. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I just don’t know how you do it all !! Love the teal colour and the theme !

  7. Go girl go! It alway feels good to get past the half way point.

  8. Steph says:

    Fantastic! What’s next? Teal my heart? Teal magnolias? Teal or No Teal (for those not playing locally, this refers to silly tv game show, Deal or No Deal – ok, I should probably stop there!)

    • katechiconi says:

      Don’t worry, I have a very long list of future names! We’ve already done Time for Teal, Gonna Teal your Heart Away and Tealed with a Kiss and now Signed, Tealed & Delivered. Do feel free to come up with more names! The only issue is whether I can come up with design ideas to match 🙂

  9. rutigt says:

    Looking good! You are doing an excellent work on that quilt!!!!

  10. And because copy editing is so lowly paid, I left!

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