Double Irish Chain - Loaded!
I had a wonderful day yesterday quilting with two special friends. They each quilted a quilt on my long arm. That was quilt number 8 and number 9 for the Gammil. Today, I loaded one of my quilts. This Double Irish Chain has been pieced for quite a while. I recently added the borders. I found that the quilt was a "generous" queen size. "Gererous" in that it was just a bit too big for any backing and batting that I had. I made a trip to the local fabric store and found a backing. The background of the quilt is a very pale yellow tonal. The backing is an unbleached muslin. It looks good with the quilt and is very soft. Hopefully, it will hold up okay. With the quilt being 88" x 108", I needed a King sized batt. I took one out of the closet that I've had for many, many years.
So today, I loaded it. I thought about yesterday and having friends over. I even thought about the fact that it wouldn't have taken me nearly so long loading it with another set of hands or two! I should have thought of that yesterday! I wound six bobbins and threaded the machine in a off-white thread. I set up the pantograph and set the quilt position. I though about floating it, but the hopping foot just got caught in the batting. I've stitched the first three rows. The design moves faster than I though it would. Although my quilting leaves a lot to be desired, I'm pleased with the way the first three rows look.