The grand thing about having a couple of quilts going on the same time is the lack of boredom. The worst part is when they both have deadlines and the dates are close. I just finished the Modern baby quilt in time for the shower and bam, I am back in the sewing studio with another pressing time line. I need to wrap up the quilting in 3 days but at least the Drunkards Path top and back are finished. I can do this?
I finished the top last week. I am very pleased with this quilty interpretation of the Universe. I felt our earth, the sun, the moon and the stars are all represented. The rest of the cosmos is such a mystery and I included that plus some planets in our solar system.
I barely had time to blink and I was onto the back. I had a solar system panel I had purchased in Kansas City, a yard of a constellation and a super wide yard graduated starry sky.
What can I do with this? The starry sky fabric was big but it would need to be a lot wider and just a bit longer.
I knew I could cut up the panel and sew it back together to increase the width. So I cut up each square, leaving only a scant quarter inch of white fabric to cover. I cut 2.5" strips of half the constellation fabric to sew in-between and on the side of each planet.
When I compared the size of the back I was creating with the front, the planet strip was a bit too long and overall, the top was a bit short. I cut off the top and bottom of the Solar System block and cut a 3" strip of the constellation to sew to the edge of the top.
I moved the sun down and over on the final top. I appliqued it using the same technique I had done with Drunkards path first post. I wanted it to show and not be caught in the side part which I made cut out.
I didn't want to add the planet strip to the middle, what if I didn't get everything aligned just so on the longarm? I cut off 12 inches from the right side, stitched in the panel and restitched the right piece.
I lined it up and mounted it on the longarm, good old Gladys. It lined up nicely and the fabric rolled perfectly. Sigh of pleasure and relief.
I then cut a piece of the Warm Blend which the Warm company had sent me. I just got that bolt and already I am making my second quilt. Smaller quilts make up faster. This quilt should finish around 49" or 50" square.
I pressed and checked for threads obsessively but I was tired last night so I bet a few snuck on the top. I will find them as I quilt which is another question. Should I try to duplicate the Drunkards parth design? Do circles?
Just don't call the quilting drunkard!
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If you missed the middle post on this quilt you can read it here.