I have had a fear of free motion quilting for some time but decided my Stitch Tease quilt was the one I was going to finally push aside my fears and really try to make it special.
My first snag was that IKEA was out of the numbers print and I had to drive to another store to get the 6 yards I needed for this quilt. This mission was accomplished when I attended the LA Modern Quilt Guild Meeting a few days ago. I stopped at the Ikea in Carson on my way to Los Angeles.
Yesterday I sewed the backing together and got the quilt all spray basted and ready to go. Then I set up my Bernina 820. Threaded it with Isacord 40 wt. Polyester thread, attached my stitch regulating foot and started quilting. The thread broke about every 2 minutes.
A quick plea on Instagram led to lot of help.
Change the needle to a #14 Embroidery needle √
Re-thread the machine √
Clean and oil the machine √
Try a different thread √
Make sure the BSR button is pressed on the machine √
Nothing worked. So I decided to take my machine in tomorrow to be checked and serviced.
Meanwhile, I really wanted to start quilting this quilt now that I had my courage.
I set up the old Bernina, the one with the tiny arm space. And guess what? No breaks, no problems. Just a lot of quilt wrangling through that tiny space.
Here's what I have so far. It's nowhere near good but I did it and I can hardly wait to continue tomorrow.
I quilted the middle row, which is Hadley's contribution to my bee quilt. I am loving this free-motion quilt stuff. It's actually quite forgiving.
Squiggly lines above and below the bottles and between each bottle in all the white spaces.
My version of bubbles or more like pebbles all around the word Celebrate.
I'd say I had a pretty good serious first try.
Now, what can I do for my aching arm and shoulders?