I’ve been absent from blogging for a while…hubster got a new hip this spring, and I’ve been the
best only substitute for a nurse he could find (definitely not my calling).
While he was recovering, I moved my Featherweight into the kitchen so I would be in earshot of my beloved. Other than making a huge mess, it worked out really well and I finished a two-year-old project while watching Midsomer Murder episodes on DVDs. Woo-hoo!
Here is the last block, which finished at about 16″ across:
I’ve never been really thrilled with the stitches made by my 10-year-old Gammill Classic. No matter how I fiddled around, I felt it was only “okay”. This spring I bought a TOWA tension gauge. You insert the bobbin case (with a bobbin loaded with the thread you are going to use), and it will give you a reading as to how much tension there is. You can go to most threads’ sites and find out what they recommend for that particular thread, and adjust your bobbin case accordingly.
I quilted the background with allover freehand doodling, including spirals, spiral flowers, leafy feathers, and curlicues. I used Superior Magnifico, color “Jupiter” (sort of a gun-metal gray). The thread has a lovely sheen, and I am much more satisfied with the quality of the stitches:
It’s a kaleidoscope wall hanging for over the stairway. I made my first block two years ago in a 5-day workshop with Paula Nadelstern. Original blocks (designed and made using Paula’s method) in an original (if unimaginative) layout. Here it is on my Gammill:
And it is even labeled and bound. I just have the hanging sleeve left to do:
I’m heading to Missouri this week for a three-day retreat (how fun is that???) and I’m meeting up with my Quilting Auntie. And if you are wondering what she looks like, that’s her picture with me in the header of this post!
Linking to Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday posting. Stop on over and see what other quilters are working on.