I am working on a One Block Wonder quilt. I love these quilts - they are always so striking from a distance. Because they are really busy, I usually recommend a pantograph of some kind. In this case the owner chose clamshells along with two border treatments.
I avoid turning the quilt to do the side borders whenever possible. It adds about an hour to the working time and quilting is already expensive, right? I don't want to charge any more than necessary. Here I have loosely chalked in a spine which was measured and planned before the quilt was loaded. I quilt the leaves & curls as far as I can then lock my stitches. When I advance the quilt I pick up where I left off. Kinda like the rinse & repeat instructions on your shampoo. You can see the thread tail where I started this stretch of border.
My biggest worry before I started this quilt was ... just how far will a 500 yard spool of Valdani thread take me? I spent an hour before I took my first stitch finding a (somewhat) local store where I could get another spool if I needed one. I am about two thirds of the way through quilting and I think I will make it. Fingers crossed.
On a completely unrelated but always timely topic: SHOES. My favorite thing in all the world, besides my dog & DH. (DH & my dog? hmm, could be a Freudian slip.) Anyhow... there was a story in the paper the other day stating the average woman owns 17 pair of shoes. Pfftt. Where did they find those lightweights???? Without even digging I counted 26 in my front hall closet. Not including boots or slippers or work shoes or the layer underneath the layer I could count.