Wednesday, 6 September 2017

WIPW - 64 days

At last I have some proper progress to show on Work In Progress Wednesday.

The quilting on
Trinity Green
is complete!
It took me 64 days to finish the in-the-ditch straight-line walking and the swirly snails.
At times the machine quilting was very frustrating. The walking foot climbed out of the ditch and onto the curb, the snails slid hither and thither, tangled up in each other and left a trail of loose thread ends to fasten. Well, I have to be grateful it wasn't a slimy trail, I guess!

Fastening those loose threads, cutting the edges of the quilt and preparing the binding are three jobs I also have completed.

So let's hope next week I can show the final WIPW report of this L E N G T H Y project, when the quilt is finally finished.


35 comments:

  1. Oooh, the anticipation! Looking forward to seeing it...

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    1. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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  3. The nights are getting cooler so the timing is about right.

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    1. It won't come into use as a quilt just yet; a thin sheet is still enough, but Trinity Green will soon be on the bed during the day.

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  4. Good work Queenie! I have had a bit of a snail adventure this week with my two nieces Ella and Evie, we found a big slug in the garden, which they wanted to keep in a jar. I put some holes in the jar and give it some leaves and it seems quite happy, we have named him Brian the slug.

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    1. What a sweet story! Greetings to Brian from his Japanese cousins!

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  5. Well done! Tying off and hiding all the loose threads is one little job I try to avoid. But sometimes the sewing machine has a mind of it's own and snarls up in the most awkward spots.

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    1. Or rather, you run out of bobbin thread and need to change to a new bobbin reel... that leaves a lot of thread ends, too. It IS a boring job, fastening them.

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  6. Great Achievement! Best wishes! Congrats! This project was not just long but also huge. it is difficult for me to think about a project half this size. your work is really impressive.

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    1. Thank you. I don't think I will be making a quilt this size again in the near future!

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  7. People who say " I will just make a quilt", really have no idea of what is actually involved. I always underestimate how long and how complex that quilting is going to be. Congratulations, and just think, you can look at where the machine took control and never let it forget what it did.

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    1. People in Sweden who say 'I will just make a quilt' all too often cheat by not QUILTING their patchwork. On Trinity Green, the piecework took a long time, but it was easy. The quilting was troublesome and therefore took longer than I had estimated. Well, it is almost the end of this project. It feels great!

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  8. I do love a walking foot, I wish they would combine the walking foot with the one for stitching in the ditch - then it would be perfect.

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    1. I was so happy to find the help of the walking foot, but in spite of all the extra power, it WAS hard to control the quilting of such a large quilt in such a tight spot I have for my sewiwgmachine.

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  9. Can't wait to see it finished, not much left to do on it. My walking foot has a mind of it's own, only wants to go where it wants to.

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    1. No, not much left to do! Your walking foot loves traveling like you do!

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  10. good to see all the quilting is don, have never managed quilting in the ditch, your snails look great, excited about seeing the finished quilt next week and then what will your next project be?

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    1. Quilting in the ditch is the easiest on a patchwork quilt as that is where there are the fewest layers of fabric.
      Next project? I will have to finish a few odds and ends before I start something new.

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  11. Gosh! Well done with all those ends. Must have been the most mammoth task!
    Looking forward to seeing the wonderful finish for Trinity Green.
    Barbara x

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    1. Machine stitching means that thread ends, especially in the middle of a line, tangle up and can be hard to unpick enough for fastening and hiding inside the wadding. Play an audio book and dull work becomes a bit more enjoyable.

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  12. Congratulations! Beautiful colors to snuggle under.
    I think it will give peaceful dreams.

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    1. I hope so, the 'pasta' is a bit too turquoise to be relaxing, but I like the different tones of green.

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  13. Fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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    1. It will be ready by Wednesday next week!

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  14. Dear Queenie, I never managed quilting with machine and I think it is not so easy ...even if you have trouble in it, your works looks very nice...congratulations !!!
    Have a lovely week-end,
    Isa

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    1. Hand quilting is far more relaxing and beautiful, but the tiny triangles, the size of the quilt would make it impossible to quilt by hand.
      You, too, have a great weekend.

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  15. OOOHHHHHh!!! What a fantastic job! You must be so proud of yourself! It is looking so nice!!! Love the color of that stripping in your photo.

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    1. Oh, Thank you, Master of Machine Quilting. I have so little experience of MQ and don't think I want to do another large quilt by machine ever again. Maybe on a smaller scale - one day!

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  16. Well done, Queenie. You have endured hot and humid weather, fighting a machine with a mind of it's own and wrestling the weight of an ever-growing quilt. The patience and determination to complete such a mammoth task is greatly admired. Looking forward to next week's photo.

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    1. Thanks Maureen,
      Without the support and encouragement of you and the rest of my blogging friends I would not have managed this job. This quilt will hold a lot of memories.

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  17. So good to see you finished the quilting part on this quilt. I hope you have enough time to work on your binding.

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