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Progress on Maritime Beauty was slower than hoped for yesterday.
I had the top all basted before I left for an afternoon appointment. When I returned, vandals had somehow gotten to the quilting and made a rumpled mess of everything. I had to un-baste and start over. Sigh... Regardless, by day's end the seams were all ditch-stitched using a neutral shade of Invisifil. Early this morning I added a feathered wreath in gold thread. Metallic thread is sometimes tricky to stitch; it requires a sharp-pointed, large-eyed needle (like a metallic, top-stitch or Cordonnet) and a good reduction on the top tension to reduce drag on the thread. My top tension was dialed right down to zero for the free motion and no issues with thread breaking.
It's hard to see in the picture, but from the back I've decided I like it and will proceed with more.
The vandals were duly located. Isn't this one the epitome of innocence? I expect if Polly could whistle nonchalantly, she would be doing just that.
Partner-in-crime Maddie doesn't even try to make an effort!
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I'm a quilt and pattern designer, award winning quilt maker, author and teacher. Since 1989, I have published well over 600 quilting patterns in magazines such as McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quilt World, The Canadian Quilter and Quilter's Connection. I have contributed designs to 16 different books and co-authored Canadian Heritage Quilting with Diane Shink. My latest book, Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes and Sizes, was published by AQS in 2015. Since 2018, I have been an Island Batik Ambassador. I am a dealer for Aurifil thread, and enjoy teaching workshops as time permits.