I finished the heart quilting yesterday afternoon. Whew... I was sure getting tired of all those thread breaks. I'm just glad the backing is so scrappy, harder to find those stops and starts. :)
A little action shot from the back view, I never realized how good I can be at cramming quilts! :P
I ran a bunch of errands in the afternoon and finished grading a couple month's worth of articles for my husband. So late evening, I started to pin the Star Struck quilt. Took about an hour.
Who needs yoga when they have to reach around in weird positions to get one certain spot pinned? :P
Then at 10am today, I started the quilting. My very first time with using the Essential thread for free-motioning.
I want to do a big happy dance and a couple of flips... I am LOVING the Essential thread for free-motioning!! Wonderful... absolutely wonderful. It took me 4 bobbins to meander the entire quilt in 2 hours (I did have a break half way through). Not ONCE did the thread break!!! I did have minor tension issues (pokies on the back) but then I remembered I had adjusted the bobbin casein tension for the Robinson-Anton thread for the heart quilt. After some tweaking, I got a happy tension, no pokies. :)
But really, I'm so thrilled with how well the Essential thread free-motions. It's not the best piecing thread (Aurifil does somewhat better), but it definitely outweighs Aurifil thread by a mile in free-motioning. It made free-motioning the Star Struck quilt so easy and enjoyable. I still can't believe that it only took me 2 hours!
Cuz I didn't exactly sew every 10 inches or anything. A nice dense medium meander all over.
Now need to get the binding on both quilts before I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow. :) I'll do the hand sewing down the binding when I'm at my parents!
Speaking of my parents... I need to get started on packing!! :P And do a back up of my computer, haven't done one since December. :( It's already 4 years old from it's factory install date, but I didn't actually buy the computer until August 2003. It's done me well, but I know better than to trust it to last forever. I wish! :)
And likely, my posting is going to get a little sporadic over the next 2 weeks as I visit my parents. Just depends on who's laptop or computer I'll be able to use! :)