Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. Today I just have a quick quilting update for you. It’s been all quilting on County Fair this week and progress has been slow.
I finally decided on the quilting design to use in the background of the blocks and in the sashing, straightforward straight line quilting. In the blocks, it’s radiating out from the pieced units and in the sashing, it’s straight down the middle.
To get the lines mostly straight I changed to the ruler foot. I am marking the start and stop dots with a disappearing purple pen because the spacing is 5/8″. My rulers are set up with 1/4″ markings. I do place the mark between two of the lines, but it helps my eye find the right spot to line up (especially going backwards) if I can see those purple dots.
It’s been a slow process though, because I had a few problems with skipped stitches. While quilting most of the red feathers, I had no problems and I felt like the quilt was gliding through the machine. After I changed a bobbin and cleaned out the bobbin casing, I started having skipped stitches going backwards and in the seam allowances. I changed my needle and it wasn’t too bad, but still had a few. When I went to the green thread, it was happening all the time and I had to restitch in a lot of spots. When it continued to happen in the background, enough was enough. I removed my bobbin casing and cleaned it really good. I threaded my machine and loaded the bobbin, but left the top off so I could see what was happening as a stitch was made. (It’s a drop in bobbin). I turned the flywheel by hand so I could control the speed. Sure enough, the needle wasn’t catching the bobbin thread sometimes. I took the bobbin out again, reseated the casing and loaded the bobbin. Then I changed to a different size needle. It was the last thing to try. On most of my large quilts, I like to use a Microtex 14 needle. I changed it to a Microtex 12. This time, the needle seemed to pick up the bobbin thread each time. I’ve been quilting successfully every since. I don’t know if it was the needle or if the bobbin casing was not seated exactly right, but these things can be frustrating while sewing. It’s probably time to take my machine in to be cleaned but I haven’t found a place yet. The closest Pfaff dealer is an hour away, but I will probably take it there because they should have parts if needed.
I’ll leave you with a picture from a hike on our lake on Friday. It was a beautiful but still cool day. We waited until almost 3:00 to go so the temps were in the mid 40’s. On a warmer day, there would have been multiple fishing boats and kayaks on the lake. We had it to ourselves and it was very pleasant.
I hope you have a pleasant week ahead and thanks for stopping by.