It has been a full on weekend with the Downton Abbey Quilt. I thought making the quilt top was fun. But this weekend has been the interesting part of the process. I have basting the three layers of the quilt together. This part of the process is always fun. It starts with me trying to find enough room in the lounge, by rearranging all the furniture, then Mike and I spread out 4 odd metres square of backing fabric. I then pin the backing fabric to the carpet, and pull the fabric a bit each time to get it nice and taut without stretching it. Then Mike helps me layout the cotton batting, and we centre this on the backing fabric. Once that is done it is on to placing the quilt top on top of the other two layers. Then I spend about an hour or more putting safety pins through all three layers. I would time lapse the process, but I do look rather funning rolling around the floor, not sure anyone wants to see that!! I have to say the cat does love to help though. This process took me most of Saturday afternoon.
Once the basting process is complete it is off to the sewing machine, with a detour to the computer on the way. I use a Janome software called Acufil to create a template that will then “Stipple” the quilt. This is the first time I have done a quilt this big using the software. It turns out the template needs to be stitched out 77 times!!! It only takes 4 minutes to stitch each block, but the positioning of the quilt each time takes at least 5 – 6 minutes, so this all takes time. I am finally getting into a better routine with the Acufil and in a few weeks it might be time to do another tutorial on with a few tips and tricks.
By 9.40pm this evening I have managed to quilt 1/2 of the quilt, with any luck I might have it finished by the end of the week.
For those of you who are not sure what Acufil does and what stippling is, I took a we video with my phone, not the best quality, but will give you an idea of how it works on the Janome.