|Too big to lay out in the house|
The most challenging part of the sewing is the vertical center seam for each block.
Lots of seams come together at an angle and I'm finding that it's tricky to get them matched up precisely--even with putting a pin through the intersections. With this bold pattern, uneven joins really show up, especially in areas where a color extends from area to another. When I first designed the quilt I decided to make it a giant nine-patch even though the quilt is really one block that extends out from the middle. (To make it easier to handle, each block is made of two 20 by 40 inch sections) If I had sewed the quilt as one block, there would have been a lot of really long seams and some Y-seams or partial seams, and that just seemed too confusing working on such a big scale. As a result of the plan, some strips that are one color have a seam in them where they cross from one half-block to the next or from one block to another. By being careful to match them, I think it will look fine once it's quilted. (That will be my next challenge: deciding on a quilting design that I can manage on my treadle .)
Working a reasonable amount of time a day, I can comfortably make one block in two days. So I'm hoping to have the quilt top finished within the next couple of weeks.
Of course, that depends on how many days I take off for gardening or bicycling.
So here is what I was doing today instead of sewing. A new bike trail opened up in the three counties to the north of us this spring. Today was a glorious day, in the 50's F (10 to 14C), with lots of sunshine and a very light breeze. So we just had to check out the trail in those perfect riding conditions. It's a little over 41 miles (66 kilometers) long on an old rail corridor. There are farms as far as you can see. The fields have just been planted, so the vista is far-reaching, but that will change as the crops grow. The trail is paved in the small towns it runs through, but it's mostly crushed limestone and still a bit soft because it's so new, so it was a good workout. We rode back and forth between two charming towns that are about 10 miles (16 kilometers) apart. I took a few pictures. (I should have taken some of the old buildings in the towns. Oh well. Another time. I'm sure we'll go back.)
|Restored train station, now a museum at the trailhead|
I'm finding it challenging to quilt, read/comment on all the blogs l like to read and to do fun outdoor spring activities. Some things might have to slide a bit now and then. Until recently, I was doing fairly regular posts on Thursdays to document quilts I made in my pre-blog days. I might back off on those over the summer to free up time for other activities. We'll see.
I'm linking up today with Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday, Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social. Buttons are on the right.
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!