cuddle up with a batik beauty on the prairie ~ {for sale}

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good morning my friends out there in bogland ~
happpppy friday!

yes… another “old” quilt top, from the good ol’ ufo pile ~ is finished!!!  i do love how it turned out, and i’m so tickled to be able to do this on my new mid-arm.  feels so good! and i was also very excited to photograph it against the beautiful backdrop of the highwood mountains last weekend. always a perfect way to add color and drama in an otherwise slightly cloudy november day.  and the same is true when one cuddles up with it!! {this one is for sale, too and if anyone is interested, by contacting me directly, i can offer it at a lower price}  🙂

i’m really putting my bernina mid-arm q20 to the test, and i can tell already, my stitching is much nicer than when i first began.  this is a fairly large quilt; 67″ x 78″ as i decided to add borders to it, as i couldn’t wait to use a couple new fabrics, so what better way than to add them to this glorious collection of batik scraps in this quilt!

although the mid-arm comes with {two} bernina stitch regulators {aka “bsr”} i have chosen to use “my own” built-in stitch regulator of my hands and eyes!  {a novel concept i know!}  yes, the “bar” is quite nice, have no doubt.  but!  i want to be able to hone my free motion skills, and there is a time and place for everything… under the quilting needle!

this is a classic feather, with a bit of scallop surrounding it, and i quilted this in an all-over pattern ~ love the look of it!  i also used a variegated thread; this time a king tut, 40 wt, extra long staple cotton, with masterpiece 50 wt in the bobbin, another extra long staple cotton.  they just get along so very well together!  and, yes, in case you’re wondering, the mid-arm has what is called an “m class” bobbin case, so it’s fairly large, and holds lots of thread.  i also have a stitch counter, which i am using, which is an interesting feature.  i am amazed at how many stitches i take!  and i’m keeping track on each quilt i quilt.  the stitch total on this beauty?  it was 208,855!  

the prettiest shots of this quilt  were taken outside in the natural light, showing off it’s real beauty in the great outdoors!

and our girls love it too!  of course, what they really love is their morning coffee {with creamer} ~ hey, who could blame them?  they know the good stuff!!

blessings abundant upon your day wherever you are,
soli deo gloria!

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