Instead of just doing swirls for the quilting, I thought it would be lovely to write some words that are predominant in their workplace. That would be the first poorly thought out plan I had=) While the words were lovely on one side of the quilt, I neglected to realize that to do them on the far side of the quilt, I would have to jam the whole quilt under the machine to quilt the words on the other side. Normally if you are just stippling, you turn the quilt upside down. Unfortunately I haven't mastered writing words upside down! Here are a few shots of some of the words.
After getting all the words on the quilt, I was pretty much home free, or so I thought. All I had left was to free motion some waves in the ocean. Now I do have a Janome Horizon that I love. And I should mention that I had fused the ocean on to the quilt. I don't know what happened or what time warp I had entered, but my machine would not sew through the fusing successfully. (This is the part where my quilt visited the garbage.) It skipped or jammed, or broke the thread. I changed 3 needles, 3 bobbins and 2 spools of thread and finally I limped my way through the job. If anyone out there has any advice for stitching through fusing on my machine, please leave a comment. I can't believe that a machine that good, couldn't do the job. I just don't know what I was doing wrong.
When I finished, I put the quilt away for the day and will tackle the binding tomorrow!