|Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...|
|I Love How the Darker Colors Recede Into the Background Fabric!!|
|72 x 96 Geese In Circles, XL Twin Graduation Quilt EQ8 Design|
|Oversize Foundation Paper Patterns Printed on Blueprint Paper|
Too bad I didn't think to number the patches on that master pattern before I had the copies made! Ah, well...
|Meet Goldilocks, my Bernina 475QE|
The B 475QE, or any of the new 4 Series Berninas, are fully featured machines that could easily be the one-and-only for many quilting and sewing enthusiasts across a variety of skill levels. She sews beautifully, purrs like a kitten, and has all of the features I've come to rely on heavily when I sew on Big 'Nina the 750QE.
|In My Studio: Goldilocks B 475QE on Left, Big 'Nina B 750QE on Right|
As you can see, these large foundation paper piecing patterns can definitely be pieced in the smaller (normal sized) throat space of the 4 Series Berninas:
|FPP Oversize Flying Geese Arc on my Goldilocks B 475QE|
|FPP the Same Oversize Flying Geese Arc on my Big 'Nina 750QE|
After ensuring that Goldilocks can handle my geese arcs just fine, I switched back to my Big 'Nina so that I could make a direct comparison between the two machines. The vintage Craig's list desk where I've got Goldilocks set up in my studio works fine for my sergers and vintage Singer Featherweight machines, but it's not ideal for a modern Bernina because the kneehole of the desk is too narrow to accommodate the FHS Free Hands System presser foot lifter (a feature I can't live without!) unless I shift the machine to the left significantly and am no longer sitting with my body centered on the machine needle. Using the B 475QE machine at this particular desk workstation requires uncomfortable ergonomic compromises! I am also accustomed to always sewing with my machine recessed into a cabinet, which gives me an enormous work surface compared to the slide on accessory tray. So it felt good to sit down at my plus-size Bernina again!
I'm going to bring Goldilocks to my bee on Monday afternoon, where I assume I'll be setting up at a kitchen table or something like that instead of at a desk with a kneehole opening. I don't anticipate any issues using the FHS in that scenario. However, I
Let's see; what else do I have to share with you today? Between piecing the first and second geese arcs (and shopping for a portable sewing table), I took a few moments to piece some irregularly shaped fabrics together for that vintage quilt repair:
|Vintage Quilt Top Undergoing Surgery.|
|Like the Fabric Mix, Not Sure if the Perpendicular Piecing Lines Are Too Straight|
|Tula Pink Disco Kitties Scrap With Musical Notation Fabric|
|New Patches Overlaid on Large Holes on the Design Wall (not sewn)|
I'm looking forward to loading this vintage top up on my longarm machine and turning it into a quilt again! I've decided to do either a freehand meander or a very basic, loopy edge-to-edge pantograph in an off-white thread. I don't want the quilting itself to be what jumps out at you in the finished quilt; its job is to securely attach the fragile quilt top fabrics to the batting and backing for strength and stability.
|My 40 x 40 Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt is Now Officially a WIP!|
|Cutting 9.5 Inch Clam Shells from Layer Cake Precuts|
|Cutting Progress for my Clam Shell Quilt|
Okay, my "quick catchup" post rambled on forever as usual, and now I need to get ready to take my son for a haircut, drop him off at his evening activities, meet a friend for dinner, and go to choir rehearsal.
My To-Do list for this week includes:
- Piecing more flying geese arcs
- Getting the borders on my pineapple log cabin quilt so I can store it out of my way until I'm ready to quilt it (most likely AFTER my Paducah longarm quilting workshops with Beth Calle and Judi Madsen, and AFTER I finish quilting the vintage quilt repair job, the baby clam shell quilt, and Lars's graduation quilt)
I'll be linking up with:
Colour and Inspiration Tuesday at www.cleverchameleon.com.au
· To-Do Tuesday at Stitch ALL the Things: http://stitchallthethings.com
· Midweek Makers at www.quiltfabrication.com/
· WOW WIP on Wednesday at www.estheraliu.blogspot.com-->
· Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/