Yay!! I can participate in Finish It Up Friday!!
Julie and I had a date with a couple long arm quilting machines – a lot was accomplished. Once one baby quilt was done, I placed the next one on the frame to quilt. I did learn a couple things in the process.
1. So glad that I didn’t put zippers on, the particular machine that I used didn’t have zippers, so I would have had to rip them off. That is over 4 yards of minky on the roller!
2. I was very grateful that my husband bought extra minky! My math skills can be lacking. I would have had enough fabric if the quilts would have been put on the frame horizontal. Unfortunately, the quilt patterns were not horizontal. The Storybook quilt would have had clouds upright rather than floating across the quilt. I had less than 8 inches left at the end of the roll of minky.
3. Make sure when programming Intelliquilt, set the dimensions on the quilt pattern so I can get 2 passes while quilting. The size of the pattern I selected only allowed the quilting to travel across the quilt once. There are 16 inches of space between the rollers. I had to advance the quilt and sew down the sides of the quilt to the backing/batting after each row. The Storybook quilt was the final quilt of the day and I figured it out by then. Having the computer do 2 passes gave me time to breathe and speeds up the process.
4. Quilting 2 quilts at once can be a challenge. I have done 2 quilts at the same time before. The glitch this time is that they were baby quilts, that were only doing 1 pass. I literally didn’t look at the clock or sit down the first 3 hours. I haven’t long arm quilted since June, so I was trying to remember how to do things and keep both going. I will long arm 2 quilts again, just need to make sure that the quilts are wider and can make 2 quilting passes. I am thinking 2 lap size quilts is much more do-able.
I was able to finish Norris’ baby quilt! I hope this mean I get to see the little guy soon!
How cute are these stars and clouds?
The white minky backing shows the pattern of the long-arm quilting better.
Here is a photo of my cute quilt label.
Not my best corner, but not my worst.
I am so excited to give this to baby Norris. I can’t decide whether to send it or try to find a time that would work to drop off the quilt. This may be my favorite little baby quilt I have ever made. The Storybook fabric with the ships, clouds, planes, castles and stars reminds me of sweet baby dreams. I really love Thimbleblossom’s Coming Soon pattern, this might become my new go-to baby quilt pattern!
I am linking to Finish-It-Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.