Sometimes we think we are cruising along making some progress
and then thud!
This whole longarm quilting is pretty new to me. I have come a long way, and am now fairly comfortable with my machine, but there are still things that I don’t always know about it.. the little quirks. Most machines have quirks. In this case, my thread was breaking after very successfully quilting 2/3rds of the quilt. I knew to stop and check the bobbin, change the needle, threaded and moved on. Still breaking… what I didn’t see is that the thread was no longer going through one of the tension discs. Thud!!
I finished the quilt after fixing the problem, took it off the frame and you guessed it… loops! Many, many loops! I knew that others have had to un sew… but still, so very frustrating. I spent 3 full evenings picking out stitches with a sharp seam ripper and a tweezers! Time I knew I could be spending getting the next quilt loaded on the frame. (It is kind of my goal to get 5 quilts done by mid May)
Back on the frame it went. The cleared area was again quilted, and completed.
Lesson learned.. keep an eye on the thread path! Check it if you have thread breaking, check it just because when you change the bobbin. Add it to the check list when you stop for the day or are getting started on a quilting session!!
The good news is that I now have my “kitchen sink” quilt all stitched. The binding has been sewn on by machine, and then I will hand stitch it when I am ready to take a break from machine quilting.
I am almost half way done with my Collaboration Quilt on the longarm. Not taking anything for granted with the stitching this time!
AND.. while I have this goal in mind, I recognize that I need to remain flexible. Maybe only 4 quilts will be done by then. Maybe less, but hopefully not! Things like this will happen, just keep moving forward!
More quilting and PADUCAH coming soon!!