Sunday, 4 April 2010

Quilting The Spring Quilt

So I've hinted before that the quilting of this quilt was giving me some trouble...

Here's the behind-the-scenes story!

What I wanted to do was quilt-in-the-ditch around all the blue-white leafy fabric to get diagonal chains of different-sized squares.

However, I had bad luck with the quilting/free motion/darning foot and the walking foot.

The tension was off, and horrible things happened when I turned corners - especially on the back.

See these lumps of thread-loops in the corners, that happened a lot. You can also see the bad tension, sometimes it was okay, other times the bottom thread did not go into the quilt sandwich.

So I ripped it all back out - about 2 hours of quilting undone.

Then I came to my senses and decided that a double quilt (I think that's the size of this one, it's been so long since I pieced it...) had to be done by free-motion on my little machine, and since the ditch didn't work, I went back to loops and came up with this:

I'm quite happy with that pattern! I'm figuring something out for the large spaces in between, but no rush ;)


Leslie said...

i hate it when the machine behaves badly....unpicking is no fun but the pattern you finished with looks great

Anne at Film and Thread said...

How frustrating to spend the time sewing and then having to rip it out. The end result will be worth it though!

Crispy said...

Oh my I don't envy you having to rip that all out. The loopy quilting looks great IMHO :0)


Katie B said...

Hey, I like the new pattern! That's very cool.

Pokey said...

Boy, we have all been there! It's okay to go with the flow of how the quilt wants to be done, the new stitches have a nice look to them. I think you'll be happy with the finish!

Heather said...

I love the new quilting loops. It looks great...front and back.