It’s definitely been a while since I used the longarm. Considering that not very long ago, I was quilting on the longarm all day every day, it’s hard to believe that I think the quilt I did today was the 4th or 5th quilt I’ve done since getting the new Millennium in April, 2013. Goodness, I was going to say in April, it will be 2 years since I got it but in April, it will be 3 years since I got it. Time flies! So, if I get 6 tops quilted before April, that means I’m averaging 2 quilts per year. I must do better!
This morning I dug through the fabric stash looking for something I could use for a backing. It’s hard to use a big chunk of fabric because then I won’t have it any more! That’s the kind of thinking that once upon a time would have sent me out to buy fabric for the backing but I kept digging til I found two fabrics that I didn’t mind parting with and pieced the backing.
Boots was extremely happy that I was using the longarm. It’s such a great place for a kitty to do his gymnastic tricks while the adult is trying to load a quilt. I was tempted to lock him in the closet that he loves and I try to avoid letting him into.
Down between the rollers, snuggled in the backing is a great place if you want to stop all quilt loading operations. I was glad when he’d finally had enough of me and went to his quiet place to snooze.
Once I start the quilting, Boots doesn’t bother me. I’ve misted him enough with a squirt bottle because one of us could end up getting hurt if he gets too close or if I’m watching him instead of what I’m doing.
It’s quilted, it’s trimmed and it’s almost done. Tomorrow I will bind it and wash it. I was talking to Nicole today and she said “Hey, I like the ugly quilt!” I said “Do you want it?” and she said yes! So, it will go live with them in MO.
I need to calculate a guess as to how much yardage I used in the quilt top and by the time I add the backing, top and binding, that will be close to 10 yards for my stash report.