I love the delayed gratification of removing two things from the quilts that I hand quilt...the quilting marking lines and the basting thread.
I have finally started trusting the blue, washable Clover marking pens. I had a bad experience 20 years ago with the first pens of this kind. This one seems fine...I just spread the quilted area on my plastic table, spray/flood liberally with water, and dab/rub gently with a clean hand towel or paper towels.
I draw the very faintest of lines so this method of removal works for me. I know a lot of people just wash the whole quilt, but I didn't want to do that. All of my fabrics are pre-washed, so I don't worry about the fabric bleeding.
And since I am so cheap and work in sections as I go, would you believe I try to dry and reuse the paper towels? Our house is so darn dry this winter, it takes no time to dry them out and every little bit of moisture I can get into our home air is a good thing...
I was so eager to take these pictures that I didn't wait for the wet areas to dry, so my pressed border pieced seams look a little dark and visible. It freaked me out at first...just breathe, Teresa.
The quilted heart at the point of the green stop border is not connected to the adjacent 3-leaf motif, it just looks that way from my bad pictures.
I now have seven laurel/note swags to quilt on the last side along with three corners. I have not outline quilted all of the sixteen center blocks yet, and I will probably come up with something to quilt in the skinny stop border.
The excitement is rising in me every time I sit down to put some stitches in this quilt! I really am going to get it done...and soon. I am looking forward to THAT happy dance...it will be EPIC and LOUD!
After adding a sleeve, I will need to address my new problem...getting a very good photo of this quilt. There is nowhere, no floor, wall or bed, in my house to do this properly.
Sometimes I hang them in my backyard gazebo for photography, but the light and the wind have to be perfect...not easy in the Midwest where there is rarely a still day, and there is a lot of snow and related mess between the house and the gazebo right now (and actually IN the gazebo...sigh...).
Sometimes I spread them on the floor of the carpeted sanctuary of the church where I work and hang over the balcony wall to get a picture...it is not optimal, either. One day, someone will unlock the church and find me in a heap on a quilt, suspecting suicide...hmmm...not good.
Oh well...it gives me something to think about as I quilt...
Another favorite delayed gratification item for me is removing the basting thread after hand quilting. I am starting to do that now, and it is fun to see the clean quilt without all the orange basting thread.
Why orange thread?
Well, my mother used to unwisely keep her sewing thread in an antique, clear glass, pickle jar on a shelf next to a sunny window. When she passed away, I was going to just chuck the spools of her homemade, now naturally variegated thread. I decided to bring it home and use it as basting thread. Oh the joys of being the offspring of depression parents...I can't throw anything away if I can squeeze some drop of usefulness out of it, LOL.
When I do counted cross stitch, I wait until the end to do all the outline stitching...another one of my delayed gratification "ticks." I just love it when the finished projects "pop!"
So, I have been raving and raving about "Downton Abbey," but has anyone been watching Masterpiece Mystery Theater's "Sherlock" this season??? OMG! The third and final episode of this third season was after "Downton" last Sunday night...all three have been WAY too fabulous to sew or quilt though...too much to miss if those eyeballs aren't glued to the screen!