December 3rd, 2012
Christmas is one week closer. We collect nativity scenes and I want to share a picture of our Jim Shore Nativity, which we have displayed with two of the vintage machines from our personal collection. At this time they are non-working machines. Carl has been focusing his spare time from farming on restoring and repairing the 221 featherweights we have been purchasing for resale. In 2013 we hope to be vendors with our machines at several local quilt shows. Of course, we are specializing in Jim’s pieces that feature quilting designs.
I am trying a new layered batting look on a very large client quilt this week. We have first used a layer of Quilter’s Dream Select Cotton then a layer of Quilter’s Dream Wool and finally the quilt top. Our goal was to increase the loft and definition of the quilting as well as to make the warmest quilt possible. The quilt is very large 108” x 89”. We have loaded the quilt on the frame horizontally instead of vertically. All that batting takes up a lot of room on the take up roller and we needed all the room we could get for a quilting area. We wanted the design Patricia Ritter’s “Blossom” to be as large as possible so as not to squash down the loft with too much stitching. We chose this design because it looks similar, whether stitched across the quilt or up and down the quilt. I will be attaching the binding for the client so the pictures of this quilt will be in our gallery later this week under the king size category with the name Louise.
I have a piecing hint this week from a video by instructor Sally Collins (www.sallycollins.org). I watched the segment repeatedly on “The Quilt Show” by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She frequently used those dreaded things called pins, but in a new way. The pins she used were also new to me. They are made by Clover and are called “Patchwork Pins Fine”. I found them on Amazon and several other sites. They are not inexpensive but are worth their weight in gold. They are so fine you can stitch over them SLOWLY!!! If you are a speed demon with your machine and can’t make yourself slowdown these may not be for you. The next thing she did differently was to put the heads of the pins to the inside (left) of the needle instead of sticking out of the seam. She found she got less distortion this way. I am planning on purchasing her DVD in hopes I can learn even more Precision Piecing hints.