Definitely time for catching up…………….

I’ve been busily working on more of my “kit stash” that I brought along for our winter stay in south Texas. My most recent (and not-quite-finished) project is another Connecting Threads kit purchased many, many years ago.IMG_1643 As many of you know, I am not fond of piecing and I figured that this kit really had a minimum of different prints and would be quite simple……….correct assumption. The piecing went beautifully…….my Texas Ms. Juki (2010) performed awesomely!! I was ready to begin the feathering (yup, just had to get some feather stitching going…’s been way too long!) when I spied this video tutorial on Facebook by Adria Good. I love her stitching approach and, yes, she is a “long-armer” but that has never stopped me from replicating motifs on my domestic machines!!!! How about you?? Here’s her video link. I had to adapt the process to a sit-down machine and a pin-basted sandwich but that was easy. Using a water-erase marker, I began an all-over serpentine line, starting at about the center of the sandwich, and meandered outwards (following Adria’s spacing recommendations) and ending at an outer edge. I, then, stitched on the marked line, which allowed me to remove the safety pins….yay!!! I knotted off and returned to the center starting point and began the feather motif……….IMG_1230IMG_1235I normally stitch feathers doing the plumes on one side, then follow the spine back and do the 2nd side, but Adria’s process does both sides at the same time…..duh!! Wonderful!!!! The following 2 photos show partly completed feathering and part still the marked line…………………………IMG_1233IMG_1232. I’ve scaled back the size of the plumes, since the quilt measures only 60”x60” and I wanted max texture. Here’s a  glimpse of the back…………IMG_1647 and another of the almost-finished front………….IMG_1646

My machine set-up has been improved with the addition of a Juki industrial table. So nice to have the larger, flat area to maneuver the sandwich. The table isn’t that large (47”x20”) but I have walls on the left and the back to corral the mounds of fabric. IMG_1645IMG_1229 For any Juki 2010 owner who’s interested, I ordered the table from Raichert Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona (same spot I got my 2 Juki machines). Here’s the table link.

Must get back to stitching. Have an awesome weekend!!! Hugs………Doreen

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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6 Responses to Definitely time for catching up…………….

  1. Jeanne Massingill says:

    Beautiful! I need to go watch that video – removing all the pins sounds wonderful!

    • treadlemusic says:

      It really was a huge “perk”!!!! I feared puckers somewhere (backing?) but I had no problems. Next time I will space the meandering even more/make it larger scale so the plumes can be larger. I’m sure you would enjoy trying it!!!!

      • Jeanne Massingill says:

        I’m in! Just watched the video and even learned a couple things. This looks like a great way to do feathers. I’ve always done one side at a time too. Just need to finish the quilt I’m quilting and then I’ll try this!

  2. Gorgeous as always! I will have to try that technique!

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