I have throughly enjoyed the process of quilting Cindy's basket quilt. From the very beginning I knew it would be a journey and a test of my abilities. I could not have done this quilt justice 2 years ago. Many classes and many hours of practice later, we have Cindy's Baskets.
The large daisy in the basket was the major thing that Cindy wanted done. I left it to last in hopes I wouldn't be so uneasy about stitching it. I drew this daisy for two weeks and it just became more and more ugly. I couldn't draw it!! So, I had decided that I would print it out and stitch through the paper and then remove the paper. Welllllllllllll, I was at a guild meeting on Monday night and I happened to mention it to a longarmer friend (Teresa) and she mentioned how she does stuff like that as though she is running a pantograph. I'VE DONE THAT TOO!!!!! I had totally forgotten about using that technique!! Teresa doesn't know it yet, but she saved me at least 4 hours of time. See, it's good for longarmers to share, we do that alot.
So, I enlarged the motif to the size that I needed for the quilt.
This way I could get perfect placement in the basket. I positioned the needle in the center and then went around to the back of my machine and turned on the laser light.
The light gave me perfect placement of the actual pattern for the daisy.
This is how the set up looked once I had it ready.
Once I had it in position I stitched it out.
Each basket took about 5 minutes to set up and stitch. How cool is that???!!!
This is how it looked after it was stitched:
Tomorrow I will take this off of Olivia's frame, clip threads, trim the quilt and hopefully, get some really good pictures. I can't wait to show off the finished quilt.
Thank you Cindy for allowing me the honor of quilting one of your beautiful quilts. It has been a BLAST!!!!