From Inspiration to Quilt
(the visible parts of the process, anyway!)
|Snapshot of poppies in my garden.|
|Pattern prepared . Considering fabrics.|
|Creating an interesting background using an improv piecing technique I learned in Judith Trager's Craftsy course|
|Poppies take shape.|
|Ready to stitch.|
|Elements are stitched. Adding background filler. This was worked on my domestic sewing machine.|
Now, a bit about minky.
Even though I'm relatively new to longarm quilting, I did manage to use minky successfully on both of my grandkids' quilts (shown in a previous post) and this little baby quilt.
|Beautiful! The minky is sculpted, and the thread tension is perfect.|
BUT...Here's what happened on Sunday:
|Ugh. I shouldn't see anything like THIS on the back!|
The thing is, while the quilt was on the frame everything looked reasonably good.
My guess is that I had the layers rolled too tightly on the frame. The stitch tension looked good until I took the quilt off the frame. When it "relaxed", the flaws became glaringly apparent! Oh, no!
First lesson: minky is stretchy (duh), so looser is better.
(I already knew this, but why, oh why, didn't I do it?)
I also think thread choice played a part. I had used a 40 weight cotton thread on top and glide in the bobbin. This combo can work very nicely, but takes a lot of "testing and tweaking" to get the tension just right. (As I said, it looked fine while the quilt was on the frame.)
Second lesson: it would make life easier to use a "friendlier" thread combination on a "difficult" fabric.
It would have been smarter to use a fine poly thread on top to better balance the fine poly in the bobbin.
I had chosen the thread based on its colour, not on its properties.
Sadly, I have now decided I don't even like the thread I chose.
The even sadder thing is that this quilt started out so beautifully. See?
|Beautiful circle pizzazz quilt, about to be slaughtered.|
Off to try something new!
Try, Learn, Grow,