Anyone who knows me even a little bit, knows that I love to hand quilt. I do all the planning, cutting, piecing, and basting, just to get to the hand quilting. I do not love to piece quilts...unless they are hand applique, but my love of hand quilting is strong enough that I suffer through it to get me to my goal. Years ago, Sweetheart built me a wonderful quilting frame. I had ordered a kit that came with the hardware, and he crafted the actual frame. It has been in storage for 10 years, but inspired by Karen, I asked Sweetheart to drag it out. It needed to be cleaned up, for sure!Now where to put it?? There is no way it will fit in my sewing room. We decided the living room would be the best place for it. This meant I would need to rearrange the entire room to make it work. It was quite fun! This is the quilt I decided to put in the frame.....It is the very first quilt I made (that was not tied) and it is still a UFO. It is also hand pieced and all the hearts are quilted, and now it is just needing cross hatch...every inch.....One of the reasons a frame has not worked for me is, I can not quilt away from myself or to the right. This requires quilting with your thumb or a paddle thimble (which is what Karen uses). Straight lines are fine, but a curve of any kind would require me to quilt in all 4 directions. I am only a "to the left" and "toward myself" quilter. Well no more! I plan to practice my thumb quilting on this quilt. If it does not work, I will order a paddle thimble. Now this is a 3 roller frame, but since my quilt was already basted, I only needed 2 rollers. To see a quilt loaded on a 3 roller frame, (no need to baste), check out this post at Karen's blog.I am sure the baskets will not make it onto the frame, as I will not have perfected my 4 directional quilting skills in time, but I am hoping to put the Underground Railroad Sampler on there in the beginning of the new year!
In the meantime I will practice on the Irish Chain and complete the oldest UFO in history! The baskets are coming along, though I am now uncertain of the design. It is appearing VERY busy. What a mess. I need to think on it. I do know the name of it will be