I am so excited about this quilt. It turned out to be a lot of fun. All of the dread for all those triangles was for not because it turned out absolutely lovely!
If you are looking for a quick quilt pattern that is not incredibly hard to put together but will offer some challenges in all of its simplicity, this is it. These are rather large blocks and that makes it quick to put together in spite of all the cutting, sewing, ironing, sewing, cutting, ironing, and sewing again (wash, rinse, repeat).
I do not recall the finished measurements of mine right off the top of my head, but the measurements were something roughly around 78″x78″ before the borders were added. I might be remembering that a little off, but you get an idea of its overall size. I will try to get a much better picture and exact measurements in the next few days.
Right now it is laying out on the floor in a stack of finished or almost finished quilt tops. The almost finished quilt tops are in need of borders and then they will be finished as well. These quilts will have their borders this week.
What is next?
Today I am finishing up a graphic design project. I am actually trying to simplify an image of a tesla ball so that it can be digitized for machine embroidery. The goal is to get it stitched up on the back of a lab coat.
The task is not hard, per say, it is fiddly stuff at this point. It was a complex dark shades of color gradation issue that we were trying to solve. Also the original image was quite small so it appeared that the thread density would be too thick for successful stitching. As a result of that, I am removing the color gradations from the image and leaving it with a look of gradations without the millions of colors that we typically think of when we look at images like this. I am essentially stripping it down to its basics.
I am hopeful that this will decrease:
- the number of thread changes and/or color changes
- the amount of overall thread that needs to be laid down by the embroidery machine
- and any other problems we might run into.
Since I have only processed a couple of images for digitization for embroidery machines, this is proving to be a challenge as I do not know what all the parameters are for the digitizing software itself. I also do not know what all the parameters are as far as embroidery machine limitations. That is something for me to research more in depth so that I am better prepared for future projects like this.
Ideally, I would be able to get my hands on a digitizing package of some sort and an embroidery machine and play with it myself, but currently my easy access source for this “trial and error” is almost 250 miles away. It will take some time to build up a source of other resources as needed.
One project at a time, however.
So that is what is on tap for this morning. Once I finish this and send it off to have a sample stitch-up created, I will be breaking into the new 3 yard cut of white cotton fabric I bought on Friday night. This will first become the borders on the two quilts I mentioned earlier that are still lacking those.
Once I am done with the above mentioned quilts, I am hoping to have enough fabric left over to use it as the base fabric for my National Quilters Circle Quilting Challenge. It is a 9 blocks in 9 weeks challenge. It makes a lovely quilt that I am feeling a tiny bit inspired with.
I have a bunch of fabric in my personal stash that will likely be a perfect fit for this. I just need to figure out if I have enough fabric of the different ones that I have in mind to complete the quilt. Fortunately, the challenge does provide you with that information ahead of time so you know how much you need to have to complete the project before you get started. It is quite a bit of fabric, especially in the yardage department, however, they are fairly large end blocks so that is kind of a nice trade-off.
What is everyone working on currently?