Taking a small vacation starting today. Visiting some friends in Alabama that were in the military with us.
I have been wanting to make them a quilt for years but never got around to it. So, Monday I remembered that 2 summers ago I made this civil war prints quilt top and never got around to quilting it. I used Bonnie's Leaders and enders system. So, I basted it and immediately knew that I had to step up the quilting process because the backing was queen size , much to my surprise. I started quilting it Monday afternoon, and did not complete this quilt until Thursday morning. I quilted roughly 12 hours a day for 3 days straight, not going to bed until 1 am and up again at 730!! I have never ever done marathon quilting like this.( and I hope never to have too again.) I used 6 spools of thread and my supply of bobbin thread is completely extinguished. I hope to find a quilt shop in Alabama so I can replenish my now extinguished thread supply.
When I went to press it yesterday, I could barely lift it up so I partially pressed it. It just seemed so heavy to me measuring at 73x88.
I barely had the strength in my arms to fold it and wrap it so I just folded it and tied a Moda ribbon on it.
Did I mentioned that my Bernina BSR foot broke during the quilting process and I had to figure out how to use my regular free motion foot which I have never used?
Daunted why this task was so hard to me proved a challenge until I sat down to relax yesterday and saw that my elbows were completed swollen with my left elbow being so swollen it was almost numb.
So, lesson learned: Plan what quilts to give as gifts earlier in advance and start quilting earlier so that there is no rush.
Guess my Alabama vacation is going to come in handy and I was going to applique on the way???