Friday, February 8, 2013

Tips and Men, Part 5

The Saga Continues...

Tips and Men, Part V

The top is complete!
I like the wide borders along the sides.
After laying the top down across our king-sized bed, I realize
that this "queen" is almost a true king!

Next Step:
Cut and Sew the Back (dark blue)

then...comes the FUN part!
Free Motion Quilting!
Thanks to all the practice from SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge, I'm ready for this.

Batting has been purchased.
80/20 Fairfield.
The template has been drawn and approved.
Tension has been adjusted. 
(30w Sulky Blendable in top, 50w Guetterman in bobbin, 90/14 needle, tension setting "1".)

Next many of these do I put in the wide side borders?  
These are 12" square and the border is 14" square, so there's 'wiggle room'.

I need to measure the quilt top now that it's ready...I forgot to do that, silly me :-)

Your advice, please:  Would you put them close together or spread apart?

I'm also going to make sure that I put the heart down about 1/2" so that the tops aren't touching the sides of the diamond.

More pics coming soon...the weekend's almost here!!

In case you missed it...

As you remember if you've been following this "Tips and Men" series of posts, my cousin Bill lives and works in a man camp in the North Dakota oil fields - he's out there "Rock'n the Bakken".  Well, I found a fellow quilter who packed up her household and followed her husband there with her kids, dogs and quilting fabric!  What a great attitude she has; just like a true quilter!  This is such an interesting blog, I hope you'll check it out:  

Best Wishes,



  1. Mary Ann....I love your Rail Fence quilt top. For the border...I would space them apart a bit and add a little swirly pattern around each one...good luck with it.

  2. I'm a fan of borders. so spaced, with something in between.


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