Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

It's been "Nose to the Grindstone" time here at my house!

I have been focusing exclusively on Moonglow, trying to get it quilted and ready for entry in our Oktoberfest Quilt Show next week!

There are 25 blocks total - 12 Log Cabin blocks and 13 Stars.....

Each star block is SID (Stitched in the Ditch) by FMQ (free-motion quilting) - which is NOT easy!!!  I love doing FMQ with swirly, curly designs, but straight stitching in a ditch is a real challenge.  I've ripped out more than I care to tell you about!  I couldn't do straight-stitching with the walking foot, because this is a Queen-size quilt, and no way was I going to keep turning it back and forth, around and around.  I honestly don't know how people do SID on a long-arm.  

Then I'm doing a FMQ pebble design in the background areas to make the stars pop out.  After all, they are the "Stars" of this quilt (pun totally intended LOL!!!)  :*D

But, wowzers!!!! - this sure does take a lot of time to do!!!

The Log Cabin blocks are pure SID with a simple circle stitched in the black squares....again, not nearly as easy as it looks like it would be!

Thankfully, this block is not crooked - it's just the way it is laying on my tabletop :*D
I still have EIGHT more blocks to do - ugh!!!

And THEN I have all these dad-blasted borders to do something with!!!

Yes, folks, that's a LOT of border area to quilt!!!

I have a design in mind, and I'm hoping I'll have time to do what I want to do with it.  But it means that I can't work on anything else until it's done.  Wish me luck!!!!

Missing you all and looking forward to the end of this crazy Moonglow marathon!!!
Be back visiting with you all soon!!!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. First off "good luck". And I totally agree about FMQing stitch in the ditch. I always tell people that I stitch "near the ditch, over the ditch, around the ditch, across the ditch...but rarely IN the ditch". Keep on'll get it done. (and it's looking great)

  2. I do wish you luck on your work, the quilt looks great and it looks like a lot of work. You are doing great with SID.

  3. Wow - good luck indeed, but it is going to be so wonderful!!

  4. Hang in there, it's going to be amazing!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  5. You'll be fine...just don't give's such a stunning quilt and will be even more so once your special quilting is finished!

  6. looks gorgeous! SID on the long arm, you use rulers- a PAIN..... I avoid straight lines.... how about bubbles too on the borders, maybe on every other one and SID on every other one? and dare I say feathers on the outer one? or do some sort of grid work, like planks I guess, to mimic the log cabin feel?

  7. Soooo pretty :) You and I have both been nose-to-the-mill with the Jinny Beyer fabrics, eh? I love Moonglow, and yours is going to be wonderful. No kidding!! Those pebbles do take F O R E V E R to put in - worth it, though. I think on longarms, they need rulers to do the SID. There's no way to keep the machine perfectly straight, particularly on a diagonal, without them.

  8. Teresa, you are doing great. I think SID is sometimes easier on DSM than longarm, even with rulers to help guide the hopping foot. Keep plugging away, one block at a time and before you know it - it will be done and looking fabulous. I don't envy you this job, but it will be worth it when you are finished.

  9. Love Marei's comment. I too stitch in it, over it, beside it, there is a blog I read recently that she was talking about FMQ on a domestic machine using how to use rulers and the the "hopping foot" I haven't tried it yet, but I learned a lot from what I read the other day. You are doing a great job. Love your pebbles.

  10. Your quilt is just beautiful! And you will be finished in no time (easy for me to say!).

  11. When I does SID on my LA, I use rulers! Of course, then it really does help if the seams are straight!! I rarely do SID on my customers' quilts because it is way more expensive because I do have to use rulers. You are right, curved lines are so much easier then straight lines with a longarm! Your quilt is beautiful and I can't wait to see it finished!!!

  12. Love everything you are doing! Awesome job! What machine are you using? I need a new one! You work is great and if you can do a queen on that machine it's worth me looking at it! The fabrics are just gorgeous too!

  13. Good luck! I am rooting for you to 'get R done'!. It is a stunning quilt.

  14. Oh Teresa! This is divine! It looks so much like you! Your quilting is amazing, and I hope you got it done in time for Octoberfest! It's truly amazing!


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