Shewwww....it has been a long day of quilting. First off let me start with the quilt that I had loaded on the frame in my last post. I had mentioned that I was afraid that I might have some problems with it because the border fabric was not quilting fabric but upholstery fabric and also the backing was a very tight weaved bed sheet. I use bed sheets all of the time but this one was very tight and stiff. Anyway, I got it quilted and would you believe that it quilted up just fine!!! I didn't have any skips or problems of any kind. I had 2 thread breaks in the whole quilt but both times were my fault. I already did the binding and returned the quilt to its owner yesterday.
I loaded my next one on the frame and it has been very slow going. Right now I'm at a dead stop and probably will not pick it back up until tomorrow....maybe. :( This quilt belongs to a friend of mine and as you can see it is an antique top that has been hand pieced. It has pleats and puckers all over it. I dreaded quilting it when I first saw it but silly me decided to do it anyway. Now I wish that I hadn't. Most of the time I pin the quilt top on the roller and roll it up, but this one I couldn't because when I did that one end was about 5 inches shorter than the other. So I decided to just float the top which so far is working out better for that part.
This is just a close up of one of the blocks.
You can see a little more of the top here. I have it stretched out pretty well but the border is where I am having most of my trouble.
You can see here it is very wavy. The border is not even the same size. I checked one of the side borders and it starts out at 4 inches and ends at 6 inches. :(
I called her and explained this to her and she said, "just do the best that you can with it" So I am trying...
Look at this....see what I am talking about....
I put the ruler beside it and there is a 2.5" bump there. What do I do with that???? This is where I have stopped for today. I just need a break from it and try to think on how to quilt this baby. Btw...it measures somewhere around 80x90 but not exact.
At this point any ideas would be welcomed. I mentioned taking the border off and trying to fix it that way but she doesn't want it removed because it is an old top and all hand pieced. I also thought about just cutting that border right there, cutting some of it out and sewing it back together but I'm not sure she would want that either. I haven't mentioned it to her yet.
Now on to other things...Andrew is on his way to Louisville, KY as we speak. It will be a 7 hour round trip for him plus a 2.5 hour concert. He and a friend of his are going to a Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang concert tonight at 7:30pm. Andrew is a big fan of Buddy Guy which is a great Blues player. You know how kids are he left right after class today, the concert will be over around 10pm, then a 3.5 hour drive back and then class again in the morning at 8am. :( He is killing me! The worst part is they are forecasting bad weather tonight. So please say a prayer for him. I just pray that the Lord watches over him and he has a safe trip back home...