I wonder how long it will take me to quilt this top...I feel like I am moving at the pace of a tortoise.
I did my version of basting the entire quilt. My midarm does not have a basting stitch...just a long stitch. I did horizontal stitching rows, about every four inches, the entire length of the quilt. This gets the batting off the floor and away from dog hair...which I now have to worry about. I will remove the horizontal long stitches as I work on the quilting design. Right now I am going back and stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and sashing. Very dull and time consuming but it is definitely something I have learned is necessary.
With the diagonal setting of the blocks I cannot complete a line of stitching without moving the quilt in the frame. I do this with the needle down. Another reason for long-stitching the entire quilt first.
Here are the Swiss Santa, Spanish Santa and now I have started the Ukraine Santa. There are beads, outline stitching and mustaches to add to all three.
Already, McKinley has the walking routine down and is insistent when she thinks I've forgotten.
One week left and my husband will officially be done with his position in Paris. He'll still be flying as a pilot so he will be gone often...just not so much. No idea where our crates are with our household goods from Paris. We've asked but we gotten no information. So very frustrating.