Progress is being made... little by little. I've finally finished all the hand applique... including ripping out quite a few original selections and making some improvements. Let the quilting begin...
|Close up of my Bernina BSR... doing a great job handling all the layers of applique!|
I've been blogging about this quilt since the beginning of November. This is part four. If you want to see the whole process (and learn more about David Taylor), you can go back through the past few blog posts.
When I finish this quilt, I am going to post an update showing a series of photos from beginning to end.
But this might take a while...
I am machine quilting this one. Using Aurifil exclusively --- with only black, white and gray on the dog.
I tried a lot of different thread combinations, including several beautiful variegated combos... but I couldn't control the color where I wanted it to be. The dog is mostly all black and I have already gone through 3/4 of a spool of black thread. Using 50 wt. The quilting on this is very intense! I'm quilting very close lines and for the parts that need to be infused with gray or white, I am leaving space in between the quilted black lines and coming back to add the other two colors. I am trying not to quilt lines on top of each other. I want just one pure line... that is the idea anyway. The back of this quilt looks just awesome. I'll reveal that at the end!
This photo of the quilt on the machine shows my small space and my trusty Bernina! I have the back of the quilt lifted up with clamps so I don't have the weight to push around. This helps immensely! And this is especially useful since I am quilting in such a small space... I don't have much room at the back of my machine. But I find in life, as Tim Gunn would say you gotta "make it work." I love my house and I love having my studio where it is... so I trade those things for having a larger space with a big sewing table.
It also helps that my area is custom built to my specs. And the husband even built a custom shelf to lower my Bernina so that the extended table is flush with the counter. Awesome! That also helps with the weight of the quilt by keeping it flat with the machine.
|Here is a close up of one section.|
Thanks for reading and going on this journey with me!
Stay tuned for more.
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