Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Waun-A-Quilt Update

First things first - here are the standing for the challenge between me and Jen.

Me - 7920.8
Jen - 7918.4

That's right! I am in the lead! Woo hoo!! I'm sure this will change real soon, but I'm happy to post that I'm in the lead right now!

OK, onto the pictures.

I have done a bit of sewing this week. I had a quilt on the frame ready to be quilted. Then, I had some major issues with the bobbin thread constantly breaking. I think that I have determined that I had 2 different types of bobbins. I received 4 with the Mega Quilter, Squiggy, and I got another 6 or 7 from the shop where I bought the machine and frame, Lenny. Then, I bought 30 from eBay. The problem is that some of the bobbins that I have used recently are slightly different. I guess that using bobbins that were smidgen too big tweaked the bobbin's tension and everything was out of whack. I spent some time on Monday night trying to get things working, but I gave up. Last night, I was finally able to get Squiggy working well enough to get the Kid Komfort quilt done and off the frame. But there was a lot of irritation and a few curses. I was very upset!

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I practiced with a fairly dense stipple because that is what I want to do on the Chicken quilt. Except for the tension issues, I think it turned out well. I used a Superior Lava variegated pink on top and various Bottom Lines on the bottom.

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Once I was done with the quilting, I worked on a couple of coasters - I Love Lucy fabric and some Califon.

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And tonight, I had my first meeting of the Thimbleberries Club at the shop. For you non-quilters, Thimbleberries is a line of fabrics that has a country/rustic feel to it. I had a good time, but I didn't get a lot finished because I wasn't used to the format. I did get to use the Eleanor Burns flying geese ruler and my geese turned out marvelously! I think I have a new tool!

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I should be able to get the rest of this block and the other 3 put together this weekend so expect more pictures.

Oh, and I took my bobbins and the case with me because I was sure that there would be ladies there who could help with the tension issue. We fiddled with the case and bobbins and wasted a lot of thread by pulling it through and having it break. When I got home, I loaded some muslin on the frame and tested it out and it works great again. And I realized that it was the 6 or 7 bobbins that I got from the shop that were bad. It's a good thing that I didn't pay for them! I should have realized when the sales lady was trying to get me to buy regular sewing machine needles for the Mega Quilter when it takes HLx5 needles, or something like that, that are more industrial needles. Sheesh! Well, it's working and that is what counts!

5 comments:

Jen said...

Thanks for posting the update. I've had too much going on to get to it. I just want 4:30 to get here!!!

Infinity Quilter said...

Look at you go! Glad you got Squiggy working. Hey, what happened to your's and Jen's points pages in the spreadsheet? Are you gals keeping your totals a secret?

Brenda said...

I like the flying geese. I have not used the Elenor Burns rulers, but if they work well, I just might have to check them out.... Your geese look great!!

I don't do long arm quilting, but I am glad you figured out the problem! that is something that would have had me upset too!! Have a very stress free weekend!! You deserve it!!

desertskyquilts said...

I love that EB ruler. It's how I always make mine, and the blocks come out so perfectly wherever I use them. This afternoon, I used them for star points on 5 blocks and they are all perfect! Yay!

I'm glad you got your bobbin situation straightened out. What a mess that sounds like!

Your quilt contest sounds like fun. I clicked the link to the spreadsheet, but it says it's only for Jen. It gave me the option of sending for permission, so I did, and guess you'll get an e-mail about that - or Jen will, rather, and be confused. =)

Cheryl said...

The Quilt In A Day is wonderful! You sure have gotten lots done. Love your quilt!