I have started machine quilting "Easy Street" - which is not at all easy due to the size of it. The hardest part is quilting in the centre, which is where I always start.
These are some of the threads I am starting with. I like to use different colours of threads, especially when the quilting design is boring. And because I am stitching-in-the-ditch (which really means somewhere near the ditch) I am frequently bored.
Tip #1 - change the thread colour whenever you start to feel bored with the quilting. The thread sits in (or near) the ditch/seam line so you can barely see it anyway, so why not use up those almost empty thread spools.
Tip #2 - as you are quilting, visit with the fabrics as you pass by.
I like to remember when and where I bought special fabrics, and who was with me at the time. Not all fabrics have a memory for me. Some were given to me in scrap bags or were purchased here and there on days that have no lasting significance.
But some are very special...
See that fabric to the left of the needle? It says "www.hancocks-paducah".
Guess where I bought that?!? It was purchased during my first big trip to the USA to see a quilt show in 2009. Click here for some blog memories.
And see that green fabric to the left of the needle? This was purchased at a stop on the way to my second trip to a USA quilt show in 2011....
I bought it at Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire.
It's one of my favourite fabrics of all time... blah, blah, blah. I have it in green, and in black on white, and it always makes me smile.
See that purple fabric to the left of the needle? That was one of the guild challenge fabrics around 2006 or so.
And that green fabric with the leaves, and the teal one to the left of it with the same pattern? I bought that at Stedman's in Haliburton on a girl's weekend away in 2010. I have no idea why we stopped there... it had something to do with a Halloween costume I think! Anyway... who knew Stedman's sells fabric!
See how fun this is?!? You get some quilting done, and remind yourself of fun adventures from the past. It's a win-win and a definite antidote to boredom!