It's my day off today, and right from the start I was going to be sewing all day. And I have. But I did so want to be able to show you two fully quilted quilts, and I can't. Because 1) I under-estimated how long it would take and 2) the new quilting foot on my bloody machine broke.
Here's the story (if you've got 5 minutes). I got my machine back on Monday. I was told there was nothing wrong with the machine, but the quilting foot provided could only quilt thin things. For thicker quilts (which of course mine was) I needed a second spring loaded foot. Not bad for a machine called a Sapphire Quilt. I must have misunderstood what this meant. Anyways, I'm not in a position to argue the toss to any degree, as I can't achieve any degree of venom in Czech yet. In England believe me I'd be standing on the table screaming, but even if I could do it here, no one here would take any notice. So, I took my new foot home, and after several trial pieces I got a near perfect stitch, so this morning I was off. Out came Beyond the Sea. I had FMQ'd about two thirds of it before the machine went back, some of which was OK, but a lot of which the tension was too tight on the back. And it was going so well.... and I got close, oh so close, to finishing when the new foot broke. Yes, can you believe it?
|The offending article.|
|Beyond the Sea - nearly quilted|
|The unfinished corner|
|A close up to show that my FMQ isn't too bad. Your right Rhonda - practice , practice, practice|
So that's all I could do on that one. Having organised for a new foot to be sent direct to me, I got my Sweet Dreams quilt out. This is straight line quilting, so I didn't need the quilting foot. I'd outlined the bigger squares with a line of stitching 1/4 " either side of the seam, and needed to do the same with the inner square. Here it is on the machine mid final square
|.....and on the table|
|... and on the line|
Right off now to sew in all those ends, and maybe catch up with some Wimbledon.