Making easy peasy boy quilts - part two

rebq7Hip hip hooray, I finished this little cutie and it is on the longarm. let me show you how I got there!

Remember all the framed squares we had and the lattice blocks with corner stone blocks?  They made up quickly and then I put them out to make sure I still liked them.  (Really I probably did this just to admire them!)

I sewed the lattice work into strips and the blocks into strips and when I went to join them together they fit perfectly.  That is the advantage of one quilter making all the blocks.  I didn't have to wiggle any seams around, it just fit so well, I was pretty excited.

Once I had the top done, I cut off a piece of the back fabric, less than half as I bought backing for two quilts plus some extra for binding.  The back is super cute!bqbre

I also bought lots of it because I am quilting this on a Gammill Longarm using red snappers.  I have discovered the hard way that you need at least 3 extra inches at each end to use the red snappers or the fabric just slips out.  For me, it is more than worth it to avoid all that pinning of both the fabric and me!

At this point in the project I am always gung ho, an end is in sight and I am rushing towards it.  We didn't eat dinner last night until 7:00 pm because I was getting this quilt onto Gladys.

bqlareTa da, it is all loaded up there, ready to be quilted.

You may have noticed that I float not only the batting but the top.  I used to pin the top onto the 3rd roller but I found I needed the flexibility of being able to adjust it and at the workshop I attended in the fall, she recommended floating it.  Don't worry, I do some stabilizing stitch in the ditch rows but only on the section I am quilting.  If I work ahead, I feel I get poufs and bunches in the top.  There is more than one way to quilt on a Longarm.

The fun thing is that when I am up in my sewing room I can quilt on this quilt or finish this guy's twin.  Remember the two sets of blocks I was making?  Here they are, ready to be made into a top.  bqrre

I like it when quilting is like that, you can have two for really less than twice the effort and have sewing to work on as well as quilting.  I sometimes get tired of standing at the Longarm and other times tired of sitting at the machine.   My only real complaint is not having enough time to sew, ever!  But I guess it's grand that I feel like I just don't have enough time to do all the stuff I want to do.  I want to read, sew, quilt, see friends, swim, read and sew more and fit in some sleep.  Plus there's the NCAA basketball tournament coming up.  I better get to it!  I will post when these quilts are done, look for part three!

Sew happy!

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