Maybe I haven't actually been wrestling a walrus, but I sure feel that way. How on earth other quilters manage to quilt much larger quilts on a relgular every day sized sewing machine is beyond me. Trying to do the FMQ while keeping the weight of the quilt from pulling this way or that, or trying to slide to the floor completely has been... um... interesting.
This has been a completely different sort of quilting for me because any other quilts I have done free motion quilting on I have just covered the whole surface with my pattern of choice, started on one side and stopped when I had successfully negotiated a route to the other side. With these wonky stars I had to work around each star and make sure that I got around every side before I cut off a route of escape and sewed myself into a corner, so to speak.
It was a very convoluted route to sew.
It's a bit like map reading. Most men think we can't do it, but we get to where we want to be in the end.
Seeing as how I discussed my lack of prior planning when it came to doing the quilting on this quilt on yesterday's post, you might understand my amusement at my ability to learn as you go. While I was doing the borders I just jumped in and went with it. Therefore the first corner was a bit of a car crash in terms of knowing which way to go to accomplish a graceful 90 degree turn.
Things had improved a few corners later.
While I sat and worked my stitchy way around the quilt Helen was at the computer. (Briefly, the ban is not 100% any more but it is very much controlled time allowances now.) Helen was laughing away and I finally asked her what web site she was on. 'Your blog!' she replied. 'You are really funny, Mum.' Bless. One day she might even realise I am a person in my own right, not just her mother. Time will tell.
Going to go work on the binding now. I don't think that there is any question about it, it will have to be a scrappy binding. I don't think anything else would work with this quilt. Time to dig through the stash. Fun!