I received a few comments and personal emails asking about the acrylic templates that I use for machine quilting. While I was quilting yesterday, I took lots of pictures of them to show you my quilting process. I'm trying to keep track of my time on this one. I'm not even halfway finished, and I've been working on it for 10 hours.
Let's start with the pieced block. I use a small circle template to create a uniform shape around the center of the block.
For the center section, I switch to my micro handlebars for the fine, detailed quilting around the applique section of the quilt.
The fabric I used for the vase screamed for crosshatching. The end result looks like an old satin jewelry box. After I took this picture, I went back and outlined all of the leaves.
Now I'll show you how I quilt the setting squares using an oval acrylic template.
Then I quilt feathers up the inside. The only marking I do on this block is a few dots up the middle of the oval so I can center the middle feathers.
Then I do the same on the other side. (Opps, I see a bit of a wrinkle.....oh well I won't tell anyone it you don't.)
Then after I'm finished with several rows of very detailed, custom quilting, I have a glass of Potty Mouth wine from Twisted Oak Winery.
I'm off to the shop today to fill in for the owner. No more quilting today, which might be a good thing. My machine and I both need to take a break from each other!