I got there around 3 p.m. and set up to start machine quilting the first quilt. Had to move the furniture around until I was satisfied the quilt would not fall on the floor. So here is my quilt set up for me to work on.
My plan is for an eclectic quilting; using designs from my new Quilt Design Software and the rest will be straight line sewing.
I don’t have a walking foot for the new machine (drat) so I was in the process of ripping our my straight line sewing which puckered on the quilt back…when Danielle, one of the great sewists from the Viking Sewing Gallery introduced me to Eve, a 15-year-old student at Douglas Anderson High School for the Performing Arts. Eve was at the Viking Gallery with her mom, Julie for an owners lesson on their new Ruby machine and decided to join our group sewing in the classroom. Eve will be earning her required school service hours by volunteering to sew a quilt while honing her sewing skills.
While I helped Eve plan her quilt top design, Danielle ran back to the Viking Gallery to get me a walking foot (woo hoo).
As Eve settled on her design below, she began to think about sashing colors.
Danielle and I coached Eve through the cutting, pinning, sewing, ironing, trimming processes and after a few hours, her quilt top was taking shape.
Here it is 8:40 p.m. and time to start packing up. Eve’s homework assignment was to finish sewing the blocks together in rows. Danielle agreed to coach her Friday evening so her quilt top would be finished by Saturday’s Sew-In at Country Crossroads in Orange Park.
That’s my QfB quilt rolled up showing the pieced backing under all those blocks; this quilt apparently was not going to get much quilting attention on Thursday! My goal is to have it finished this weekend, so I can bind it on Monday.
We are now on track to make eight quilts for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts for Boston initiative; and we have 12 Jacksonville ladies working on this project.
More QfB updates after our Sew-In tomorrow morning.