I promised my disabled uncle a Marine quilt for Christmas. I had it started for last year but shame on me, didn't get it done then. A promise is a promise, however and he really did need something warmer than he was using in the nursing home.
I underestimated how much time I needed and was up til 10:15 pm finishing it before the day we all got together.
I did learn a few things. I used the strippy pattern from www.maryquilts.com to showcase the Marine fabric I found. That was great. With borders, it fit his bed perfectly.
I used a walking foot and at first had my sewing machine set on the highest speed. I'm assuming that the times I sped up with it were what produced the tangled knots on the back. Once I set my speed to the middle setting, those (thankfully) stopped. What do you think, was this the problem?
A larger throat space must make a difference. I was aiming for 'stuff and fluff' with about 5 1/2 inches of harp space and ended up really cramming and jamming that poor quilt around. I'm hopeful that a new machine will be in my future at some point that might help with that. A queen would be impossible.
I did have to do self binding in the end due to running out of time. I can now see why people cut their binding ahead of time.
It's not perfect but it was really appreciated and looks quite good unless you know the ins and outs and look closely. That has to be good enough for now. All in all, time crunch included, it was a very satisfying experience and I can see myself making some more gifts in the coming New Year.
Sorry, no picture, completely forgot but will get one at the next visit.
Thanks for 'listening'!
lots2do in NH