The last couple of days, I've just been practicing stitching out the design I want to quilt on the pink quilt. I've also been practicing my free hand quilting in a straight line with the HQ so that I can outline the stars on the quilt as well. It's not so easy for me to stitch in a straight line. I even tried to record a traced design and have the machine quilt it for me but I didn't get the results that I wanted. It was just a simple star I free hand drew out and recorded the tracing on the ProStitcher. It was too hard to get it to quilt directly on the line after I traced the outline. So, I won't be using the recording feature.
So, I switched to practicing just free hand straight line quilting using the stitch-regulator. Again, not as easy as I thought. I tried using an open ruler but I kept jerking and ended up with some outdents on the lines.
Finally, while going through my stock of rulers I purchased but have not used, I came across this nifty ruler I completely forgot I purchased. It's called the Line Tamer from Four Paws Quilting but I call it my training wheels ruler. I think I'm getting the hang of it and I can at least quilt a straight line now. So, a little more practicing and I think I'm almost ready to load the quilt. However, it
looks like just about the time I'm ready to load the quilt, we'll be
spending some time traveling. I don't think my house guests will do it
for me :-)
I am busy planning a quick trip for DH and I for our 20th anniversary. We were going to fly somewhere, but decided to take a drive up to Connecticut from Central PA. It's probably about a 6.5 hour drive to the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos but it's somewhere we've been saying we want to see. So, that is where we will be spending our anniversary for a couple of days in the beginning of October. Plus a bunch of other short day trips. Can a anyone recommend other things to do in the area? We were thinking about visiting Mystic Seaport in Connecticut as well.
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