Hello, pastel unicorn
Hooray updates! Yesterday afternoon, on the way home, I asked myself the question that often -- OFTEN -- leads to trouble: "Okay, so I've cleared lots of the little projects out of the way. What big beast can I tackle tonight?"
I thought about Miss Pretty Primrose, and scratched my head. Hmm. Well, my objection has been that I'd never attempted to do a full-sized quilt on my machine at home, but I had such a horrid experience at the rented longarm quilt machine last time that maybe I should just tackle it.
The sign of doom is when I shift from saying "Oh I should do that sometime" to "Here's how I'd start." When I start laying concrete plans, it's over, buddy.
So I cleared off the sewing table (made easier because of this weekend's kitchen-change project) and taped down the backing and batting. Phew. I added in Miss Primrose and started pinning. I know I can't pin all of it at once, so I'll have to work in sections. That's fine. I know how to do that.
I know I can't do everything in the first pass. The plates are pretty big, though. If I get each of them securely tacked down, that gets the three quilt layers evenly stabilized, and makes me less worried about handling the quilt top. Every time I hold that quilt top, I think to myself ... I know you're stronger than you look. I know you are, I KNOW it. I can see it when I look at you objectively. But I'm nervous about it, because pretty pastel unicorns are rare beasties, and there are no refunds or second chances with this quilt.
So triage, triage, triage. Stabilize before embellishing. Got it.
This photo gives you an idea of what stabilization means -- at least in my head, for this project:
- Line of stitching ¼" inside the edge of the empty white area inside each plate
- Line of stitching ¼" on the other side of the same edge, part of ...
- Line of stitching ¼" inside each petal of each plate.
Once these are tacked down, THEN I will go back and do the fleurs-de-lis.