Well, my Work in Progress isn’t nearly as important as this lady’s. She’s taken up residence in the dogwood outside my studio window. Guess there aren’t eggs yet, because she comes and goes a lot. Opening the window for a photo didn’t bother her. Pulling down the window shades did!
I’m finished with all the quilting I can do on both halves of the queen Nicey Jane quilt. Now it’s time for the big join. I’ve done this different ways, depending on the fabric or pattern of the front and back. This time I opened up the edges and sewed the two halves of the top together first.
After pressing that seam open, I cut through both layers of batting to make a good tight join. I used this fusible product designed for joining batting. The package is gone, so I have no idea of the brand, but it works well. It’s a little pricey, so I only use it for this application, where it’s really convenient.
Next, I’ll whip stitch the backing together with water-soluble thread (guess I could use regular thread if I wanted to slow down and be carefull…), and it will be ready to go back on the machine to finish quilting the center, over the join. I’ve had lots of comments on the pretty colors, and they have made this a joy to work on. Can’t wait to see it on my bed!
Meanwhile, on my design wall, I’m playing around with some batiks (tag says only: “Aruba/Barbados”) to use in my contribution to the Project Hope Online Quilt Show. This is being sponsored by Sandi (Quilt Cabana) and Sandy (Quilting for the Rest of Us), as we work through our feelings about Boston, et al. Go to their blogs for details, and I hope there’s lots of participation.
I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.