I've had a really productive couple of weeks.
the very same day
that I finished the machine quilting on my commission project.
Then I added binding to both
glue basted the binding to the back in preparation for hand sewing it down.
my commission work was done,
and I earned just enough to buy another sewing machine for Rahab's Rope.
I immediately started on my One Block Wonder quilt,
which I cut out one day
when I just wanted to work on something different
(so, technically, not a new project ;-)
I panicked because I'd cut my triangles with a blunt tip,
and worried for days that I'd wasted all that fabric.
But then Carol posted this,
so I asked her about it,
and she sweetly responded and told me I'd be just fine.
These blocks are so much fun to make!
I set up my little ironing table right by my machine
and got into a good rhythm with the sewing and pressing
never wanted to stop when it was time to.
Being my first OBW,
I didn't want to confuse myself with turning the triangles and deciding on the 'best' configuration,
so I just went with the blunted tip at center.
I got all 576 triangles sewn into 192 hexagon halves in 7 hours
over the course of 3 days,
then spent 3 hours sewing them into rows.
I've spent about a half hour pressing those,
and still have probably an hour to go.
Then I'll sew the rows together\and figure the rest out the quilt top from there.
I did the machine quilting on my stars and squares,
just a simple huge FMQ flower in each star block.
When I quilted my commission quilt,
I really had to fight with it to move it around,
not because of the size or weight,
but it just did.not.slide.
Every quilting session was such a workout.
I didn't want to fork over almost $50 for a Supreme Slider,
so I put on my thinking cap.
I just searched 'teflon' on Amazon to see what I might come up with.
I found some teflon pressing cloth things that might have worked,
but none of the reviews mentioned quilting.
Then I found teflon oven liners,
and a couple of the reviewers used them for FMQ.
so then I googled to see if I could find anyone else using oven liners for
quilting slip and slides,
and lo and behold I found someone
(I forget who, sorry)
who had used a SS, but wore it out, and tried the liner
and found it to be just as helpful.
I figured for $8.55 I'd give it a whirl.
I can no longer consider my FMQ my workout.
I just cut out a little hole for my needle
and cut a little curve for the side of my machine
and used a few pieces of masking tape to keep it in place
and I had myself a little ice-skating rink
for my quilt.
My arms are sore today,
but it's from an actual workout - with weights,
Linking up with Lee and the gals over at Freshly Pieced
p.s. I have less than 1/2 of the binding to sew down,
so I may very well have a delicious quilty finish to share on Friday :-)