Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lori L's Monterrey Medallions

Lori and I took a Susan Baker class on Monterrey Medallions by Atkinson Designs. This was a two-part class. Lori and I chose very similar fabrics. I have not even finished piecing mine. This one is for her son's birthday.

I used the Circle Lord to make spirals in the stars. I did continuous curves (CC) and L's in the 4-patches. Then I used the Megan Best ruler to make a secondary square around the center star. I used the Circle Lord to make a secondary square of 5 concentric lines around the center medallion.

I prefer not to accept thread from a customer. The speed of the longarm can really chew through thread. I prefer to use only thread made for the longarm. Lori had chosen a Star variegated thread #845 named Blue Clouds for the top. This was my first time with Star variegated. The thread color change is longer than Superior Threads' 1-inch color change but it was still very easy on the eye. There was less lint than I would expect from a cotton thread. That was a pleasant surprise. I have had tension issues several times because of the lint put out by cotton threads. Tension problems can lead to machine malfunctions. If my machine is not working, then I am not quilting. That is a not good. Luckily, I had no problems with the tension. I wound my own bobbins of Superior's So Fine poly thread #433 Out of the Blue.

I broke another one of my rules which was that I let Lori bring her own batting. She wanted to use a black batting. Black batts are not always readily available. I don't know where she got this one but it was awful. I had to cut off the top 8 inches because there was a perfectly straight diagonal 6 inch line cut all the way thru the batting. It looked like it had been cut by a razor or box cutter. Lori assured me that the plastic bag that the batting came in was intact. So the cut must have come from the factory. It would have been bad if it had been in the middle of the quilt. Of course, then I would have had to break the other rule, No Pieced Battings. The batting looked like it wave doubled over in a couple of places but when I tried to straighten it, it wouldn't come apart. I did notlike the feel of the batt either. It did not have a noticeable scrim but it felt like cotton candy to the touch. It stuck to my chapped hands. Ick! It was an airy loft and the doubled over parts could not be felt through the quilt.That was a relief.

Turn-around time:
In: 6 April
Out: 10 April

1 comment:

Rose Marie said...

Oh, your quilts are lovely. Many thanks for the tutorial on threads and batting. Very useful!

My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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