This is the end of vacation week for my kids. Everyone has been home bored out of their minds - you know how the drill always is. But this was a dedicated few days that I had my machine vacant, and my daughter home. We had a mission that needed accomplishing - this quilt had to be quilted.this link and you will see what she quilted last year. Every year, she gravitates towards the solid fabrics, and they are always a constant challenge to quilt.
On Sunday, her quilt and a sample piece of fabric was loaded. I had no idea what she'd quilt on her pink & green quilt. Last year's quilt was such a nice clean finish. The parallel (mostly) lines were neat, and they looked professional. They were also done with the channel-locks. It was not computerized quilting, but it's a little beyond free-hand also. This year, I wanted her to try something more, something different. Two years ago, her butterfly quilt was quilted with a panto from the backside of the machine. These butterflies were a wee bit wonky, but she was pleased. It was worth another try. She was taller now, which would make this easier.
The panto was really hard. Really!...She quilted a good 80" of it, and there is barely a resemblance of a flower. We needed plan B. It was time to go to the front of the machine so she could try quilting things she could see, rather than the red laser.
As a last resort, I remembered that the machine handles horizontal and vertical lines very easily. Have her try boxes, and a boxing path. I actually thought I might have her do this in the busy part of her blocks, and the channel-lock lines everywhere else, as that would have a very clean finish, but she chose this pattern for everywhere. This is her quilt, and her learnings. I am glad to have her quilting from the front-side and quilting free-handed. That is a huge step over the last 2 years, even if she never wins anything with this quilt.
She's still tiny so the step stool was needed to get her hips up to the belly-bar. The pattern quilts slowly so it's mostly standing on one place.
Here's her finished quilt, quilted in a fantastic lime green thread. It is boxy, and has a crackle-like texture. It's all free-hand from the front-side, wonky and 9-yr old at the same time. Hopefully the judges will recognize the 8 hours it took her to quilt it. They don't care that she chose the fabrics, and pieced it herself. They only judge the quilting part. I know it's errors. It's not like my quilts where some of them can be hidden. The solid fabrics show it all.