First up I needed to get the 4 patch lattice off the design wall (finally!) and into a sandwich. As Harriet warns, those bias edged side triangles can easily stretch out of shape so it's best to prep for quilting asap after finishing the top.
FOUR PATCH LATTICE
It's been ditch-stitched and is now awaiting it's turn for quilting. I always forget how long ditch stitching actually takes to do. A few long straight seams should be done in a snap, but the reality is it took me roughly 8 hours over a couple of days to do it. Lots of aching muscles too. I don't really trust the pins to hold everything together nice and firmly, so there is lots of block flattening and gently pulling at the seams to ensure it's all flat and straight. I also ditch stitch slowly, to avoid bumping out of the ditch (which still happens anyway, but not as much as if I sew fast). My arm and (surprisingly) bum muscles are feeling the after effects today.
Ditch stitching done and dusted!
CABIN IN THE COTTON - REMAKE
Unlike Julie's modern style quilt - the first one of this design I made - I wanted this quilt to have lots of texture and a design appropriate for a 1930's style quilt.
I chose a simple feather wreath for the blocks and a feather/cable design for the border. Time to prep for work!
First up - a tension check. I'm using Sew Art International invisible nylon through the needle and Presencia 60/3 (white) in the bobbin. A bit of tension fiddling was required. I also changed the needle to a 70 Topstitch titanium - I just bought these and wanted to see how they went for quilting.
Next - warming up on a sample. The needle seems to be fine.
Next - more warming up on a bigger sample. I put to use the cot sized quilt I made up from scraps. It certainly makes a difference from practicing on a small sample square!
PROBLEMS IN PARADISEReady to quilt and as usual, I'm experiencing problems. This time it's drag. It really is quite bad, I can't get the quilt to slide around under the needle at all. I checked and double-checked for hang-ups - nothing. The block to be quilted is formed into a nice little puddle under the needle and the edges of the quilt aren't getting caught up anywhere. I'd polished the cabinet surface with my usual product and the fabric should slip nicely.
The set up seems to be fine. The thread tension is perfect. The drag got so bad, the needle broke! So much for titanium which is supposed to last 3 times as long as regular needles - lol. Stitches are tiny in places and huge in others, as the quilt sticks and releases as I sew. I can only conclude that it's the backing fabric. This puzzles me as the backing is just white quilter's muslin - there is no print on it and I can't understand why it won't slide. The samples I quilted earlier were on standard calico (muslin to you USA followers) with no drag problems at all.
I'm not going to let this bother me, I'll just get some experience working on less than ideal fabric. The print is busy, the design is simple and the cotton fabrics and batting will shrink up quite a bit, so perfect quilting is not essential here (although it would be nice :)). Be that as it may, I am still going to try and do the very best quilting work that I can manage - after all, I'm gifting this quilt and want it to be a nice as possible.
A simple feather wreath design works beautifully on this 1930's style quilt
Halfway though the quilting and I'm already loving the texture I'm getting.
The back - plain old quilter's muslin which refuses to behave nicely!
Ok - halfway though with quilting the top. I hope to finish it tomorrow and maybe even get the borders done. If anyone has any suggestions about the drag - how to work with it or maybe a different cause to what I've concluded, I'd love to hear them.