|Check Out the Mask My Husband Picked Out for Holy Communion (?!)|
|Behold, Love's Labors Lost|
Some days are like that, and it's all part of the process. I only took out the very worst stitching, what I knew would result in thread hanging loose on the back side of the quilt after washing if I'd left it in. The not-quite-perfect-but-structurally-sound stitches got to stay in.
|All This Wretchedness Got Ripped Out|
Note to Self: Threading the Pigtail Guide on the M-Class Bobbin Case INCREASES Bobbin TensionOn the Disastrous Day of Stitching That All Had to be Ripped Out, I believe I unintentionally unbalanced my tension by slipping the thread tail through the pigtail guide, adding a little more tension to the bobbin thread without making any adjustment to the top thread tension. After running the machine unthreaded for 15 minutes to warm up the motor, I was impatient to start quilting and figured "My tension was excellent yesterday, nothing has changed since then, so no need to do any test stitching today."
|APQS M-Class Bobbin Case, Pigtail Guide Threaded|
|APQS M-Class Bobbin case, Pigtail Guide Unthreaded|
Well, at least I've learned something, right? I need to put a sticky note somewhere to remind myself of whether or not I'm using the bobbin pigtail guide on a particular project. And I should probably get in the habit of ALWAYS doing some test stitching and/or crawling under the frame, run my fingernail along the stitching line on the back of the quilt, or SOMETHING after a few minutes of quilting to check that all is well under there before I put in thousands of stitches that will take forever to rip out.
I am remembering -- and now following! -- advice that quilter Jamie Wallen shared in his long arm tension video tutorial (above) several years ago. Jamie recommends that you start by adjusting your tension so that the bobbin thread is pulled up to the top of your quilt and then loosening your top tension until you can just see the dots of bobbin thread in the needle holes. When your quilt comes off the frame and relaxes, those little bobbin thread dots will settle back into the middle of the quilt sandwich, but seeing those dots of bobbin from the right side as you're quilting is your insurance that you are not getting flatlining and eyelashing on the back of your quilt!
One more thought: This is my first time using Quilter's Dream Cotton Select batting on my long arm. I know I read somewhere -- maybe in my APQS new owner class handouts? -- that a batting with a bit more loft, like an 80/20 blend or wool, is more forgiving for longarm quilting because more batting loft equals more room in the middle of your quilt sandwich for the needle and bobbin thread to lock together without showing through on either side of the quilt. I am already seeing that the all-cotton batting is not giving me as much dimensional contrast between the unquilted rectangles and the squiggled ones, so I will probably steer clear of 100% cotton batting on the long arm going forward.
|Recently Ripped Out and Requilted. It Was Better the First Time|
I'm looking forward to making some progress quilting NEW areas of the quilt later today! The other project that I've been working on in weekly dribbles is my FrankenWhiggish Rose needle turned appliqué. My bee group has been doing virtual Zoom get togethers every Monday throughout the pandemic shutdown, and this is what I work on during that time. I haven't been sharing it because I'm trying to work efficiently, doing all 16 leaves on all 9 blocks before moving on to the next shape, and it would be really boring if I kept posting photos of the same block over and over again... It is definitely getting boring to be STITCHING the same exact block over and over again! That is one of the great benefits of sampler quilts -- variety!
|Still Plodding Along with my FrankenWhiggish Rose Needle Turn Applique Project|
|One Block Completed, Eight Still In Progress at the Leaf Stage|
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I don't have a machine to quilt, I do it by hand...
Love your flower block...so colorful.
Have a great day!
I'm so glad that churches and other groups (like high school graduations) have found ways to make the best of a bad situation - because what else can we do, really?! So sorry your amazing quilt is experiencing tension problems. I hope it "eases up" this week! :)
I bet you are glad to get all that ripped out and redone - looks great to me - I have to laugh when I read the first comment - that is so me - I don't have time in this life to learn how to machine quilt I get more done by hand. Love your mask including the devil - I'm sure the pastor thought you had quite the sense of humor
Ugh! I feel your pain, Rebecca. I recently loaded a quilt with the SAME batting. :o((
I've watched Jamie's video SEW many times! I like the visual that you provided. It's a helpful reminder of what to look for (and now, just maybe I can finally STOP watching Jamie's video over and over again!)
How lovely to find your blog, thank you for visiting mine and leaving such lovely comments. I can see you are a veritable sewing expert, I'm afraid my sewing machine and I share a very temperamental relationship, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't it's usually the tension that's at fault with a bunch of loose stitches on the underside but strangely I find if I put it away and get it out the next day it works perfectly haha. Anyway your sewing is beautiful I look forward to seeing more of your work, have a great week.
Your applique block is gorgeous! Makes me want to think about doing a bit of applique, if i can get past the prep work.
Very beautiful applique block! Great idea to have your quilt bee group meet on zoom!
I have been doing that too, but don't seem to get much accomplished except talking!
Lol on the devilish mask at communion. I'm guessing the pastor didn't notice unless he is a fabricalcoholic. We may have in-person church next week. Sorry you had to rip out. It's a painful process. Ask me how I know. Since I'm not a longarmer and never will be, I can't comment. To my eyes the redo looks great. Keep moving forward including on the pretty needleturn blocks.
Glad you figured out the issue and that it was a simple fix! I hope no more ripping will be involved. . .I don't think I have ever completed a project that I didn't spend some time ripping some part of it! LOL
Love the "communion mask". Miss my church and I think it will be awhile before I go to an in person service of any kind. It is good to have notes to remind us of the "different things" for different situations. I have watched Jamie's videos and am thinking I need to rewatch them. I like the thing about bringing the bobbin thread to the top and backing off.
Ripping is no fun, but at least we all learned something from it! Your quilt is beautiful.
I was wondering what the status on “Frankenwiggish”. I’m glad you updated as it is too beautiful to allow it to linger in a box and not complete. Hopefully you have nailed the solution to your tension issues. For my latest angst, my embroidery module on my Bernina is having fits. Embroidery was started on a friend’s baby blanket and the registration kept inching rightward. It’s on minky so taking out the stitches took a lot of time. I’ll call today to ask about a fix and the resulting costs to fix the module.
Enjoy a tension positive day.
You two lovebirds make such a cute picture - even with your masks. I have not been to meditation in months although they have collective meditation online. Stay safe and I am sending big squishy hugs to you - from a safe distance away.
I like the idea of drive by communion. Our church had services for the first time last Sunday, but as cases are still rising in our county, we decided not to attend and continue to watch the on line services. Very fun masks by the way. At least you figured out the problem with the quilting and have a good way to avoid it in the future. Your Frankenwiggish is looking good. Happy stitching this week. Hopefully no more tension issues.
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