Can you see those? In everything I've read, I've can't remember ever seeing a reference to using a walking foot for stitching in the ditch. Is it common for Pfaff-less quilters to use a walking foot when stitching in the ditch? Anyway, I spent an evening unpicking the 3 seams I'd done and re-sewed them on the Pfaff without a problem. No bubbles, no layer shifting.
For the quilting part, everything went well. I encounted the usual problems with drag and hang-ups (jeez you'd think I'd have learned a trick or two by now), the familiar wobbles and glitches, which are getting to be less and less with each quilt I do. This time, my major problem was with thread breaks.
I checked the usual suspects - re-threaded, changed needles, cleaned lint, adjusted tension, but was plagued with shredding and breaking thread throughout the quilting process. In the end, I suspect it was the thread I was using. I usually quilt with nylon or monopoly thread on top and cotton in the bobbin. This time I wanted to use cotton on top, for a change. I chose a Gutterman Sulky 100% cotton 30wt 2 ply thread. This thread constantly broke, shredding at the needle. The back of the quilt is rather messy with all the restarts - I've yet to learn how to do this neatly!
Inside the sandwich is Hobbs 20/80 poly wool batting. This is rather thicker than the usual cotton batting's I use and the quilting has a nice relief to it. I'm debating whether to echo quilt in the blank spaces so the design will 'pop' out more. My efforts at echo quilting haven't been great so far, so I'm a tad reluctant.
Tomorrow, the borders. I was going to use the same designs on the borders, but now I'm thinking feathers. I can see a cable/feather border happening here.