I can finally end my self-imposed machine quilting isolation and return to normal life. Butterscotch Baskets is off the quilting machine and ready for binding. I'm ready to return to the land of the living and Mr Joe is glad to have me back so he doesn't have to do the cooking.
There are several things I thought about while spending hours at the quilting machine:
#1 - It is always good to make a quilt that matches my dog's hair. Zinnie's long golden hairs look like matching threads when you quilt over them.
#2 - Resist the urge to make a quilt larger just so it isn't square. This really hit home when I reached row 8.
#3 - Don't put blocks on point that are larger than my quilting throat space. There's lots of rolling the quilt back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.
#4 - Look at pictures FIRST before you take the quilt off the machine and find there is one tiny little section that was missed!
I'm going to enjoy my day and it's not going to include any Butterscotch or Baskets for that matter. I will now finally have time to respond to some of your emails that were put aside for a few days.....I just have to find them!
P.S. Several of you asked if I mark my quilt and what do I use for marking. The only area I marked on this quilt were little tick marks for the crosshatching around the baskets with a Sewline ceramic pen. I used an acrylic template for the oval in the corners. The majority of the quilt is all free-motion swirls, whirlygigs and feathers. I used Dream Wool batting.