Leah Day is doing a wholecloth-quilt a long, that I have been intending to join since the beginning, but haven't been able to. Well, today, I have time to quilt! (Well, actually, I need to be writing a paper, but this is more fun.)
The very first step was a departure from my normal quilting routine: pre-wash the fabric. That wrinkly vintage look I love on my quilts is not something that is desirable here. So the fabric needs to get any shrinking out of the way. I washed once, on hot. Hopefully that is enough.
Then, like always, I starched the fabric.
And so begins the wholecloth adventure.
I don't have a light box, so I used my door:
I thought it would be easiest at eye level, so I don't have to crouch at all. The problem was that meant some of the design was a bit too high for me. I had to stand on my tip toes to get the top part.
It was actually harder to race than I expected. My left arm hurt a bit when I was done. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to mark a bed sized quilt.
This is what mine looks like right now, ready for the lines to be quilted.
So what color thread to use? I have a blue that matches perfectly, but a perfect match- while great for an heirloom isn't good for learning. Do I want dark pink or yellow? The pink might be hard to see against the blue, but blue and pink look great together. The yellow will really stand out.