Following up on the last Scrappy post, the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt is finally quilted, bound…finished!
I long arm quilted it in spirals, one of my personal favorite long arm quilting patterns. I’m not good at doing straight lines or regular shapes like scallops on the long arm. The machine is too wiggly for me to do those to my liking. (Okay, maybe I’m too wiggly) And I like free forming things like spirals, flowers, feathers, leaves and the like more anyway. So there.
The only danger on the spirals is getting carried away making them. I don’t have a stitch regulator on the long arm – it’s a old used bare bones basic one (I’m not complaining) – and I find going around the bigger curves I’m tempted to zoom around too fast, making the stitches there too big.
Note to self: Long Arm stitching stays more constant when not hopped up on caffeine.
Straight lines and regular shapes I’ll leave to quilting on the standard machine, though this quilt would’ve been a bugaboo to quilt (or wrassle) on a standard machine. It’s 87″x72″ before washing.
The back is this friendly fish print from Brandon Mably named ‘Gone Fishing’. I wish I’d had enough fabric to match the fish print along the seam line, but I had just enough to cover the back, leaving some fish decapitated and others tail-less. Poor fish. Oh well. They look happy nonetheless.
Can you tell a difference in your caffeinated stitch whether you were on Chocolate caffeine or Coffee caffeine or Coke caffeine? (Not suggesting that you drink Coke…) My great aunt told me she never liked sewing things for herself when she was blue because whenever she’d put the finished thing on, she’d remember that she had been depressed when she made it, so then she’d have to take it off and wear something else.
Nope, I can’t tell a difference between if it’s chocolate caffeine, tea or coffee caffeine. (I try not to drink Coke or Pepsi anymore) There is most definitely an inverse relationship here between the amount of caffeine and the consistency of quilting!
This is beautiful. It just makes me happy looking at it!!!
Very nicely done–love the back, even with the partial fish.