Machine Quilting Monday

#MachineQuiltingMonday :: Two in One

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Happy Eclipse Day!

We're driving a couple of hours this morning (hopefully) to witness the total eclipse in South Carolina. I've packed an epic supply of road trip food (from beef jerky to chocolate covered pretzels to snap pea crisps), we've added additional shielding to the boys' glasses, and I think we'll end the night with barbecue. Doesn't that sound like a fabulous family fun day? 

You know what else has been fun? Quilting this week! I used 10 different fillers on these hearts, two hearts per filler, and I had a ball of a time doing it. I have to say, too, that the positive response I have gotten from my quilty friends and from my personal friends, has been overwhelmingly encouraging. 

(If you want more eye-candy of this quilt, check out last week's blog!)

I'm starting to experiment with thread on my machine. Aurifil, my usual go to for piecing and domestic machine quilting, does great for super detailed work like this heart quilt (though it creates a ton of lint), but it breaks a lot if I'm doing bigger, all over designs. Most long-armers use thread with at least some poly in it to make it stronger for high speed quilting. For the Wayfinder quilt, I used Coats and Clark all-purpose because that's what I happened to have in the right color, and it worked great. However, I'm not sure I want that to be my go-to. Leopold's previous owner used Superior, and I have a limited supply of that from her that I use some. I've also been told I should try Isacord and Fil-Tec/Glide, so I guess I'll be thread shopping soon!

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In addition to finishing the last full sized #OperationSmiley Quilt, I also finished this precious commissioned baby quilt. This quilt is coordinated to the baby's nursery and the blocks were signed at his mama's baby shower. I loved this project, and I hope I get to do more commissions like this in the future!

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I enjoyed this quilt so much, that I couldn't resist signing the last block with this little baby's name, too. I don't have a listing up for a custom baby quilt yet, but if you're interested in one for your baby or a loved one's baby, send me an email at stringandstory (at) gmail (dot) com!

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Enjoy the Eclipse, fellow US-dwellers, and be safe today!

XO,

HollyAnne

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