Week 24?? Wow, someone told me the other day only 6 months till Christmas Day! On the other hand, only two terms to go of this stupid half days of kindy set up Grace is in. Mumble, mumble, such a PITA!
Anyway, deep breaths Helen, quilting, whats been happening in quilting land this week? Swirls, swirls and lots of swirls! I decided that for the boarder of Elliott's quilt I would do lots of S shaped swirls, free motion, all different sizes. That in itself only took a few days but the fun part of tying all the threads! Well! That has taken just as long as the whole quilt. Now I don't know if I do it the crazy way or the proper way, it is the long way but if any one has a better way, please let me know! Here is the Helen way:
After all swirls have been quilted, snip the thread so you have anywhere from 3 cms upwards of thread left. Using a hand held needle, push the thread through the quilt so its on the back with its matching thread. So you have a mess of threads which looks like the above picture. Then knot then, and again using the hand held needle, sew them into the wadding horizontally to hide them, snip off any remaining bits that aren't in the wadding, aim to have at least 2 cms in there so they don't pop back out. And this has to be done at the start and finish of every swirl. I have about 50 to 70 swirls on each boarder, am about half way around.....
So every night this week has been sitting on the couch doing this, relaxing and at times theraputic! I only have myself to blame as I could have choosen a simplier pattern, even one big swirl, but I thought this would look good. Its my most adventurous quilting yet so I'm happy with that.