Wednesday, November 2, 2011
This is pretty much all I've been working on this week. I had Swoon basted on Saturday and thought it would take a few days to do the plain straight line vertical stitching. Let me just say how glad I am that I chose a very simple quilting design, because working a queen size quilt through the machine is HARD. I started in the center and then worked out to the edge, so naturally as I got closer to the edge, it got easier because of less bulk to work through the machine. The first half went off without a hitch. The second half has been causing me nothing but problems! First thing that happened, and more than once I'll point out, is that I ran out of bobbin thread mid-row. SO frustrating. Then what I noticed was that the basting was probably not as good as it should have been. I use basting spray and I think I just went a little too light on it, plus with all the handling of the quilt during the quilting process I think it had just had enough!! So I had to peel back the fabric carefully and do some re-spraying on more than on occasion. There were also a few incidences of ripping out partial rows of stitches because I had inadvertently sewn some tucks in the backing. I thought that the quilting would be done yesterday....well, still not done. But now I probably have about 10 rows left to do so if it's not done today, it means that something serious has gone wrong!!! I'm not anticipating that though. ;) It does look pretty though, yes?
So needless to say, once this is finished I am going to be looking for some small projects! I saw that AmyLouWho is hosting a mini-quilt challenge so I am going to take her up on that, something along these lines.
The Little Apples fabric I was waiting so impatiently for arrived, and it's adorable, but unfortunately I have done nothing with it except for a wash and iron. Maybe next week I'll have something to report on that.
Happy Wednesday everyone!