Friday, July 31, 2015

Almost a month with no posts!

I don't know where July went - I was busy doing, doing, ... something, not sure what!

Oh yes, I did complete this Split Nine Patch, scrappy of course.  This has over 3000 pieces, but the "system" is from Jackie Robinson.  It's about 60" x 70".  I started machine quilting with my Janome MC6500 but ran into issues of stitches skipping when quilting over seams, and soon the quality was slipping so I finally quit, but by now there are small issues here and there, and my own satisfaction and patience has deteriorated.  Two trips for tech. maintenance did not solve the problem so I finished the quilt with another machine.  

 


Not knowing exactly what needed fixing, and after routine servicing, timing, threads, etc., I had a new motor installed, figuring all bases need to be covered before thinking of a new machine!  Neither the tech. nor I know how it will work until the next quilt.  The machine DOES sound better, smoother, less labored.  It could be a wear-and-tear issue as I had noticed odd problems during this last year that I thought were my own Senior Citizen issues, but upon reflection believe it IS the machine, not me. 

Above is a bit of the backing.  My quilting is a combination of innies, and outies, various swirls, circles, "bear claws" ... I kept the designs confined to certain "rows" ... I got bored with just one design.  The border is done with  largeundulating hearts, or, "fat ladies on barstools".   I learned to NOT do that border again with variegated threads -- shoulda used a solid color.  (Lesson #843!)

A few of my quilting friends gathered at a recent lunch.  Me in left background, next to Alice.  Other side in back is Carol M, then Carol L., then Kathy.   Anita joined us later, after the photo.  8-)))

8 comments:

Gypsy Quilter said...

A very pretty quilt indeed. Glad you made it through despite the sewing machine difficulties.

paulette said...

Gorgeous quilt!! Nice and scrappy!

Bonnie said...

I sure hope the new motor solves the problem. I've followed your issues on Quiltville Chat so know more of the details. It seems ridiculous that a machine gives out at 10 years of use. I've pulled out my 30 year old Elna Carina and use it for traveling events. I also have a Featherweight -- built in the early 50s. Both do very well. The Featherweight drives me crazy cause it is S L O W.... The scrappy 9 patch looks fabulous as does the quilting.... wonderful job.

Ruth said...

The quilt is gorgeous and the quilting looks great! I sympathize with you! On the string quilt that I just finished, I still need to go back and "fix" some rats nests on the back. What a pain. I haven't taken my machine in for service yet - I had some wedding decorations and bow ties to make which are almost finished. I just hate being without it even though I have a featherweight. I guess I'll just have to do it though.

MARCIE said...

You are an artist! What a terrific quilt! I know what a time consuming block that is and also what fun it is to use every scrap you can put your hands on. That's what it's all about I think!

Vic in NH said...

Oh, Elaine! This quilt is so beautiful in every way! I'm so glad that you persevered through all the difficulties with your machine. It was sooooo worth it!

Vic in NH said...

I love the little bright gold flecks that I see in the darks sections! It makes them shimmer. Just love this quilt!

Tanya said...

A very pretty quilt despite the quilting headaches. I hope the machine overhaul works for next time!