Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall and a Quilting Dilemma

This weekend was spent doing little projects. First up, was rearranging the Hexnmore flowers on my design wall.

So far, so good, but I have many more flowers to make to get it to the right size for my hutch runner.  I also have more reds to put in, as I like lots of variety!

Next was quilting this small quilt for our guild philanthropy group.
It's been waiting for over two months, and I need it moved out. Unfortunately, when I unfolded it, the back was the same size as the front.  As longarmers know, this is a problem.

Instead of sewing extra side pieces onto the back for loading, then praying those pieces didn't become part of the quilt, I decided to take a different approach.  And probably one most longarmers would not take!

My idea was to baste the back to the batting, and use the stitch lines as guides, and the batting as the pieces for loading, being careful not to stretch them.
Then the front was laid on top, with every edge pinned, even the bottom.
Here's a fun view of the back on the frame.
Alignment was checked and adjusted with each roll. Fortunately, this was not a large quilt, so the technique worked quite well.  The first picture and this picture have light behind the quilt to show the matching of the front and back.
A few other things got done, such as picture prep for a Road2CA class, fabric gathering for said class, embroidering a couple quilt lables, handstitching binding, general organizing, and our guild's new member party.  What a busy weekend!  Now I'm off to a just as busy quilt week!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Your red flowers are really beautiful! And I like to read that there are other people out there that do things that others wouldn't try! You never know what may work for you and what not until you try! And most of the time this pays off!! :) Thanks for linking up at MOP Monday!!

  2. Whew! Glad the back and front matched.

  3. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

  4. What pretty deep red flowers! It's very cool how you made the best of a small back! That's a real inventive bit of problem solving. So glad it worked out!


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