Slowly making progress

Let’s see, I had to take a nap this afternoon, to take my walk this evening…


… And to watch the Bolts win tonight but there is some progress being made. The rays are in progress and I’m going to break one of the rules of quilting that says the density of the quilting should be consistent. There won’t be as much quilting in the bottom half of this one but if you can see the sides of the quilt, that’s the spacing I’m going for. I’ve also got to pick out about three partial rows of the spiral because my tension is funky. I must have knocked the thread out of the guide as I wrestled with the quilt. Luckily they’re just short rows and typically it’s easy to pull out stitches where the tension is bad. 


I know it’s crazy to put this much quilting in this Heartstrings top but I’m enjoying the challenge and learning my new machine at the same time. A couple issues are the lack of a guide on the walking foot and for some reason, I can’t seem to pick up the bottom thread and bring it to the top before I start a row of quilting. I thought it was the auto thread cutter at first and left the thread longer but still couldn’t pull it up. The needle on this machine is sideways – maybe that’s the reason but I’ve got to say it’s kind of a negative. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very happy overall with how the machine is performing but this is just odd. I’m going to have to research it a bit to see if it’s me or if it’s just a flaw in the design. 

I’m also getting used to the new cabinet. The back extension is a big, big plus as is the tray on the right but there’s not really enough support on the left. I’m probably going to have to find some surface to extend the reach of the cabinet and to support the quilt on that side. 
 

8 thoughts on “Slowly making progress

  1. Julierose

    Your quilting looks so nice–great pattern–the left side support is so critical, I think. I can’t machine quilt without putting some kind of support on my left. Good luck with the un-picking..hugs, Julierose

  2. Sheila

    Your quilt is beautiful. I lower my ironing board the height of my work area and put it the left of my machine. It’s not perfect, but it does help. PS: I would love a Koala cabinet.

  3. Penny G

    Pretty. Love the rays. If I had taken a nap I would have been dragging all day and night.

  4. Barb

    Mary,
    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to it each day you write. Also am fascinated by your quilting and have tried several of your patterns- Thanks for sharing them. Love the colors and quilting in this quilt.
    Have a great day!

  5. Leslie Myers

    My 1600 P Janome had a needle up/down button which was real time (not on the next stitch) and it brought up the thread. Don’t you have that button? I no longer have that machine but it was a great one.
    Leslie

  6. Cheryl

    Your quilting is looking so nice on this quilt. It sounds like you are really getting to know the machine. I have a tip for you in bringing up the bobbin thread. I have the Brother machine just like this, and it was frustrating to not be able to get hold of the thread, it would be so short from the cutter. What I have to do is lower the presser foot put the needle down (button on machine) and needle up (button on machine)raise bring the pressure foot up and then I was able to get the bobbin thread with a tweeters. Sounds like a lot, or I just got use to it, so that I would not have a nest on the back when I start. Happy quilting 🙂
    Cheryl M.

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