Week 5 is the second to last week of this quilt! I only have enough space to write 7 more phrases or so. December has been a very event-heavy month (you can read more about that on my Instagram), and I'm looking forward to a little relaxation as the holidays approach.
I thought I'd use one of my last posts to talk about the logistics of the project, so here goes!
I started writing at the bottom right corner. Why? I didn't really think about it. It was a comfortable place (if you've quilted on a domestic machine before, you'll recognize it as the place where you'll have the least amount of bulk). As I quilted that first week's phrases, I started to think about how I'd proceed from week to week. Ultimately, it made sense to quilt in a circle (see above) and end right where I started. So I filled up the right side of the quilt from the bottom up.
What did that mean for basting? Well, I'm constantly checking and rechecking the backing. I spray basted and then added tons of safety pins. As I'm nearing the starting point, I'm worried that it will puff up a little (when you free motion quilt you're *supposed* to quilt FROM the middle, not TOWARDS other quilting - so you can avoid this).
If it does puff up... I'll just quilt in the tucks and deal with it. It's my quilt, it's raw and emotional, and the quilt will reflect that. And if it doesn't puff up, I'll send a thanks up to the quilting gods!
Jane asked if I could give some tips on burying threads. I'll be back with that soon. Otherwise, send a blessing up to the quilting gods for me as I finish up this last week!