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Color Splash DWR - Ring in the new year!

Can you believe it is 2015!  
Time seems to go by so fast!  I started off the new year with a cold! Everyone in my office was sick. I think it started with the guy that insisted on coming in when he had the flu! We listened to him cough and blow his nose for weeks! Ugh!

So what have you been working on this year?  I am still working on my DWR quilt, Color Splash. It is on the quilting frame right now. I think I can finish it this weekend, at least I am hoping I will.
I have double batting in this quilt. The first layer is Bamboo (love!!) and the second is wool.  I wanted the quilting to stand out which is the reason I added the wool.

It took 30 minutes to quilt each center and there are 9 of them. I am going to revise the quilting pattern so that it stitches faster for any future projects.

This is a picture of the quilt before I started quilting it.  I am working on the pattern and I should have it available for purchase soon.  Writing instructions is not an easy task!

The first center I quilted didn't turn out well.  I spent 5 hours pulling stitches!!! The design kept stitching over its self and made a mess.  I had to take it back into Art and Stitch and clean it up.  What a pain.  I thought I was done working on it in Art and Stitch when I converted it to use on my longarm, but I guess I really wasn't finished.  I had started working on the quilting design a while back so I forgot where I left off.

I stitched this with Metallic thread which made it even harder to take out!  You can see the problem in the circles and how bad it looked. Only the bottom was really bad so I left the other corners.

Pulling the thread for the two bottom corners is what took 5 hours! I am glad I didn't have to pull the whole thing!

I stitched the Metallic thread in the 4 centers and a different color thread that matched the colors in the quilt in all the other centers.

I am working on all the straight stitching in the arcs right now.  There are 80 arcs in this quilt but it is not taking too long. I am doing them without the aid of the computer because it would take forever to set this up and let the computer stitch it! Computerized quilting is not always the fastest or even mistake free!

It took me a couple of days to do all the stitch in the ditch.  It got easier as a worked my way down the quilt.  I found a rhythm to stitching around the arcs.  I found that using my straight ruler worked the best.  There are still plenty of mistakes with the stitch in the ditch stitching but I am working on improving that skill. 

I have talked to other longarmers that don't do any stitch in the ditch.  I feel it is necessary for the kind of quilting I like to do.  It stabilizes the quilt before I do any custom quilting.  Plus I am a freak because I do a full float on all my quilts!  The stitch in the ditch helps bast the quilt for me.

I love this quilt! I hope I still love it when I am done!


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