Loopy Lines

There is going to be a fair bit of quilting content here on the blog for the next couple of weeks. If you were hoping for other content, I'll rotate through to that eventually (I have got to get the sewing machines under control starting in January), but I tend to write about what I am working on at the moment, and at the moment that happens to be quilts. 

The Great Sewing Machine Tension Debacle is in the rearview mirror and as if this afternoon, the quilting on that project is complete. I can show you because this one isn't a surprise:

After some deliberation, I decided to go with loops (shocking, I know). The first iteration of this quilt was done on Tera's longarm in an allover pattern, but this version has horizontal bars of Kona Royal in between the scrappy sections. I just didn't think an overall pattern would cut it. I stitched in the ditch along each long edge of the Kona sections, so it made sense to echo that in the scrappy sections with another kind of horizontal pattern. The scrappy sections differed in width, as well. A horizontal pattern that could be scaled up or down to fit was a plus (some sections have one line, some have two, some have four, etc.). And let's face it, I am good at loops. 

The stitch length/tension on the back is pretty darn nice:

No top thread showing through, hooray!

Now it's a matter of trimming off the excess backing and batting (squaring up the quilt in the process) and putting on the binding:

I'll make the binding tonight and get it sewn down this week and then I can cross this one off the list. The last two quilts I've done had Kona Royal and Kona Rich Red for bindings, so for this one, I am going with Kona Kiwi. It's kind of a grass green. 

This morning, I also made the backing for the other Christmas present quilt. I went totally OCD on that one and matched the pattern across the back because anything worth doing is worth doing in excess. I am hoping to get that one all basted together tomorrow so I can start quilting it. I am still on schedule for all Christmas present projects—so much so that I am considering adding another one. We'll see how this week goes. I don't want to get too cocky. 


We are waiting for DD#1 to arrive; she is driving home from Boise today, having finished her second fieldwork session. She'll be here for most of the month while she prepares to take her board exams. A peds clinic in Seattle has already expressed interest in hiring her and she goes back in a few weeks for a second interview. 

DD#2 went to Budapest this weekend on the second of her Gonzaga-sponsored trips. The Florence students had 10 days off over Thanksgiving so she and a group of friends went to London, Edinburg, and Dublin. She was back in Florence for four days and then went to Budapest. Once they get back to Florence, they are not allowed to leave Italy again until they all come home on December 21.  

I told her she needed to have some chicken paprikas while she was in Budapest. I am curious to see her pictures. It's been eight years since I was there.

It will be good to have everyone under the same roof for a few weeks. I am panicking a bit about where I am going to put all my sewing stuff. I've taken over most of the upstairs. People need to sleep here, though, so I have started moving things into bathrooms and other out-of-the-way locations.  

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Reader Comments (2)

The loops are perfect! A nice counterpoint to the 90 degree angles.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHusband's mom

Yes, I didn't want more geometric on this quilt.

December 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

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