Happy Hippo Hop – Finally Quilted

If you wondered what happened to the Happy Hippo quilt, I did finish the top in a timely manner. And I was ready to quilt it over the May long weekend. I had to fix the backing because I hadn’t considered that the fabric was directional, and it was very distorted. After spending half a day on calculations and straightening the fabric and sewing it all together until it was finally ready to go on the longarm, I realized that I was very low on the turquoise thread that I wanted to use for the majority of the quilt.

Happy Hippo


I decided to postpone the quilting rather than risking running out of thread in the middle of the project. And I can’t just run out to the next store to get more thread as I order wholesale from a distributor in Ontario. Anyway, the thread arrived in the meantime, and I finally quilted the top last weekend. And wouldn’t you know it… I had just enough turquoise thread left to finish the quilt and didn’t need the new spool. But I am sure if I had taken the risk and started quilting without another spool for backup, I would have run into trouble. Oh well, at least it’s finally done. Now on to the binding!

Turquoise Thread


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6 responses to “Happy Hippo Hop – Finally Quilted”

  1. Marianne Shymanik says:

    That’s a beautiful quilt.

  2. Marcia in TX says:

    Beautiful quilting. That sure cut it close. I like having two so so if I have to wind more bobbins, I don’t have to unthread the machine.

    • Beatrice says:

      That’s a great tip, thank you, Marcia. I don’t wind my own bobbins though, I use the prewound Magna-Glide bobbins. But I keep a meticulous spreadsheet of how much thread I use (by weight), and I am usually pretty good in my estimates whether it will be enough or not.

  3. Josefina says:

    The quilt is beautiful. I agree with you that if you had not ordered another thread, You would have run out just before you finished quilting it.

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