Partly Pinned and Ready to Quilt

I have two of the 5 panels pinned and ready to quilt, but I’m short on backing material. I’ll wait till Saturday to pick that up at Quilt Works.

2 of 5 panels pinned and ready to quilt

To get to this point, I had to tear off the stabilizing material for the embroidery work on the back, press everything flat again, measure and cut the batting and backing material then press those layers together. Finally, I pin the pieces together so they don’t shift while I quilt. I have a standard sewing machine, so these narrow pieces should be relatively easy to quilt. I’ll be working back and forth across the short distance.

I’m toying with the idea of following some of the design elements in the fabric with free motion quilting on the top half, then using wavy lines across the bottom half. The idea being the diffused light shifting through the fog above the water, then reflecting on the water’s flat surface on the bottom. This may help my husband understand the “octopus” in the sky. I’ll run this idea by the Free Range Quilters this Saturday and see what thoughts they have on this idea.

For the borders on each panel, I’m leaning toward a grey border and dark blue flange. I want the viewer’s eye to be drawn to the whole, not the sections.

I’ve never done the flange before, so it will be another learning process. Precision is not not my strong suit. I’ll start with the panel on the far right. If I mess it up, that would be the easiest to redo. It’s always good to plan for contingencies.


Happily retired! Renewing my interests in music and art. Hoping to improve my skills in all creative areas.

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