Friday, June 05, 2009
Log Cabin Nearly Finished, and Needles
This huge project is getting close to DONE. Hooray!
Dimensions WERE 88 x 88 inches, and now, nearly all quilted, it's 86 x 86 inches. Interesting.
I am machine quilting (DSM) one section at a sit-down, i.e., one light area, one dark area, changing thread each time. This is my Flexicurve, for marking consistent curves in the area.
Yesterday, I was wondering about changing my needle, as I'd used the same one since the beginning of the quilting process, but being rushed, I didn't. BIG MISTAKE!
When I finished that section, the thread line looked a little loose, but when I looked at the back - OMGosh, loopy-loops, big mess! Additionally, the back is a very busy pattern and impossible to actually SEE the stitches, so all the frog stitching on the front (unsewing) had to be done only a few stitches at a time. Dang it - several hours later (about 4!!!) I'm ready to try again. Solution? Both the machine and bobbin were threaded correctly, bobbin area was not too linty, but my needle??? Oh my, it was dull, dull, dull!!! (note to SELF -- Every time I pat myself on the back for being smart, or clever, I am humbled by some dumb mistake, so SELF -- don't get cocky!).
If I ever do this large a project again, I will do it in sections - this was a huge job, even with a large sewing table and 10 inches of sewing space between my needle and the machine housing.
Quilt Show is coming up, and maybe I can complete this in time, even with a vacation coming up.