I’ve been positively voluble lately. Maybe it’s because I finally feel recovered from the holidays or something. Today though, I give you fewer words and the promised pictures of The Misery Quilt in all it’s in progress, pain filled glory:
I’ve hit a milestone: all the quilting lines that I marked with blue washout marker in October before I basted the quilt have now been quilted. Well, except for this little bit here that I missed, and didn’t notice until after I squirted the area with water:
I hate it when that happens! That’s an easy fix at least. Now that all the marked lines have been quilted, I can mist the whole thing with water to dissipate the blue marker a little at least, since the quilt is isn’t anywhere close to finished, and I don’t want the marker to sit there on the fabrics any longer than strictly necessary.
Diane G. recommends that you don’t mist the quilt with water to remove markings until after the background quilting is done, since water will make the unquilted areas more poofy, and then it’s harder to put down the dense background quilting without pleats and puckers. I understand the theory, but I will probably have to put this monster away for a bit soon due to lack of time, so the background quilting won’t get done for months which would mean that the blue marker would sit there for ages if I don’t mist it.
I decided that the lesser of the two evils would be to risk a bit more poofiness (such technical terms here), than risk the blue marker being on the fabrics too long. I’m also hoping that folding up the quilt and leaving it for a month or so will compress any problem poofing in the unquilted areas, so it will all be a wash by the time I get back to the background quilting. That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it!
There’s a long way to go yet with all the background quilting since all the unquilted poofy areas you can see in the pictures will be quilted when the quilt is complete. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way this is turning out. Happy enough anyway, that I’m getting more excited about continuing on, and I’m a bit bummed that I’m going to have to put it away for a bit. Life does get in the way sometimes, dangit.
Quilt stats: approx. 82″ x 82″, 100% cotton fabrics, machine embroidered with Sulky rayon thread, machine pieced with 100% cotton thread, machine appliquéd, machine quilted with #100 silk thread, Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting. Started: Fall, 2004. Currently in progress, as yet unnamed–commonly referred to as The Misery Quilt, The Bird Quilt, or simply “monster.”