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SPN quilt, part 8/8

Good morning! I'm at the airport on my way to Wincon, and I finished the quilt two nights ago. When wendy first suggested I do this a year ago, I had no idea how right I was when I thought I could finish it within a year, but just barely. Self-knowledge, yay.

There were two final steps yet to go when I last posted. One was to bind the edges of the quilt, which means folding fabric over the raw edge of the quilt and sewing it into place. I am incapable of doing that without resulting in a wavy edge, but since this quilt is intended to be used rather than displayed, that's not a big deal. :)

The other step was something I haven't mentioned before because I wasn't sure I was going to have time for it, or that it would work out. Well, it mostly worked out:


The way a sewing machine works is that there are two sources of thread: the spool that sits up on top of the machine, and the bobbin that sits inside the machine, under the fabric you're sewing. The thread from the spool winds its way through a needle, and when you turn the wheel on the side and make the sewing machine go, the needle pokes down through the layers of fabric so the thread can be caught by a little hook on the rotating piece that holds the bobbin. The thread then pulls a loop of the bobbin thread up with it as the needle goes back above the fabric, and you have a lockstitch holding together the fabric. There's a nice little gif here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewing_machine

The point is, while the thread coming from the spool has to be thin enough to pass through a needle, the thread in the bobbin doesn't. But that bobbin thread shows only on the reverse side. So, for example, one can stitch a design onto the top of a quilt, then flip the quilt over and retrace that design with the thicker bobbin thread in place. If all goes well, you get a nice, thick line on top of the quilt, and it can look something like this:


See how the border says "Carry on"? You know what comes next.


I managed to stitch in the chorus all around the border of the quilt. :D  It's not highly visible when you look at the quilt as a whole, but it definitely shows in close-up. I'm so pleased that I had enough time to try this out and that it worked!

Anyway, I'm now on my way to Dallas for Wincon, where the quilt is going to be raffled off. If you can't attend Wincon this year but want a shot at the quilt, PM me and I'll see what I can do about getting a raffle ticket in your name. Thanks again for all of your comments and encouragement along the way!



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Oct. 18th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
That is * rockin' *!
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Oct. 18th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
you are magnificent. i need this.
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
I think you're going to have to fight wendy for it.
Oct. 18th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
i know! she warned me we might come to blows over it.
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
It looks great and the chorus being on there is an awesome idea that looks like it came out really well....plus I got to learn more about sewing machines. Have fun at Wincon.
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! To be honest, sewing machines kind of seem like magic to me, LOL.
Oct. 18th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
It's so awesome! Great job!!!! You're so very multitalented!
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Hilariously SPN-appropriate fabrics, I'm almost as impressed by your stash as I am by your quilting talent. Have fun at the con!
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
It's an impressively large stash, at least. ;) Thanks!
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
That's really amazing work. m :)
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
I was so smitten with it last night when I saw it!! I wish I had the bag space to take it home; I would be raffling like crazy for it!
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
You could wrap it around yourself on the plane...
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Oct. 21st, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 2nd, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
This was so amazing to see at wincon and I really found the process fascinating as well :D So I recced you at rocksalt_recs to share the awesome. <3
Dec. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This is the kind of thing that I worry that no one else finds interesting but me, so I really appreciate the rec. :D
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Wow - this is amazing!
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I really love this, especially how the sheer SPNess of it only reveals itself on closer investigation. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hee! I wanted it not to scream "fangirl quilt" but still have lots of meaning embedded in it. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Hi! I saw this recced over at Rocksalt_recs and it's awesome!!! I really enjoyed all of your pics and also your descriptions of the process. It's an amazing piece!
Dec. 23rd, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's good to know the description of the process was interesting, too. :)
Jan. 27th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
This is really mind blowing! you have infinite patience.
Hi! I came to investigate your journal from seeing you guest post in SPNroundtable.
I am enjoying your fics, and as is wont to happen, checked out your tags.
I also quilt, but by hand.
Bad Things happen to sewing machines under my command, or machinery in general.
I like the control I have with hand sewing, even though it takes longer.
Your creations are gorgeous.
Remember, she who dies with the most fabric wins!
Jan. 30th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Hi! It's always nice to meet another quilter! I admire your patience and willingness to stick with it. The first quilt I ever made was hand-pieced and quilted, and the friend whose wedding it was for had to get it a year late, LOL.

Or as the sign over the cabinet that holds my stash says, "So much fabric, so little time." ;)
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