The Finish of Nick & Two Tips!

 

Peter came in one day to check on Nick and started laughing. I was sitting at my desk area and asked what was so funny. He replied that I had better watch out for his crotch area… Of course everything would be trimmed when I completed the fusing, but it was funny nonetheless. You can see that I was auditioning two sets of eyes and wondering how bright should his nose be.

I fiddled around for a week or so and here is his final face…

Nick is very large (about 40″x40″) and he hung over the edges of the office table that I use in the studio to work on. To do the final fusing and cut him out, I used the dining room table. Here he is cut out and ready to glue (!) on the background fabric.

Marking lines for machine quilting was no picnic! Every resourceful quilter knows to tape rulers together to get the lengths they need. (Tip #1) – I very much like the washable blue marker, but it was a mistake in this case. I was not able to immerse the quilt in water and I spritzed and spritzed with water to get the blue out. I did it so much that the red fabrics started to bleed!

I have mentioned this tool before, but it bears repeating! (Tip #2) – here I am quilting straight lines using my Sweet 16. I have practised holding a ruler with my left hand and moving the fabric with my right and inevitably the ruler shifts and I go off track. Jenny of QuiltSkipper recommended this Line Tamer Template by FourPawsQuilting, and it works so well.

Here is Nick on the wall of Island Quilters, next to his relative, Ebba.

I took Nick’s portrait before I sent him off to Island Quilters. I am looking forward to seeing him hang over our mantlepiece next December!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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15 thoughts on “The Finish of Nick & Two Tips!

  1. Love this. Deb. And your husband’s take on it too! 🙂 Broke my wrist ice skating the other day. They think. Will be 2 weeks or 2-3 months in a cast. Hope the former! On my right hand, so typing and such rough. Ah, the fun never ends, hm… 🙂 have a great Christmas and New Year! I know I still am. 🙂

    • Poor you! The last time I skated (eons ago) I fell backwards and my head hit the ice. I literally saw stars and wondered where I was. These days I would have been sent to the concussion protocol tent. I hope everyone is taking good care of you. I’m assuming the two time frames are how you heel? Perhaps lots of vitamin C in the form of margaritas will help? We started last night… Merry Christmas!

      • Ooh, I hit the ice with my head like that too once. I still think about that. They aren’t sure there’s an actual break, but because of the bone involved, for 2 weeks they treat it as broken to ensure blood flow for healing. Otherwise the bone could die and there’s be surgery involved and… On Jan 5 they’ll xray again. If they see a break, it’s a cast for 2-3 months. If not I’ll be free! My RA’s been hard on my wrists, though, so back to a brace undoubtedly for a long time. but that’s better than a cast! Hope you had a good day yesterday. We did. Here’s to 2018!

      • Oh my goodness! What a mess. So glad that Tom is retired and can be your right hand man (ha! ha!) Hopefully your daughter is pitching in too. I have a friend in the neighborhood who has RA but whatever medicines she takes works pretty well. I can’t imagine how painful it must be. You take care and enjoy the rest of the holdiay week and think healing thoughts. ;-D

    • Thank you Beth. Yes, I consider this almost a non quilting project, though those who do it seriously would be annoyed. It is a lot of fun. If you lived closer we could play together. Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Kerry. I am looking forward to him looking down at us next year. I am thinking of another design…I’ve always wanted to do cards. I think the Queen Of Hearts could be very cute using this technique. Have a Merry Christmas. Miss eating your wonderful mint crunchy bars…

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