I had a pretty productive weekend ( for a change ) after being stalled since the Easter weekend! So I learned a couple of things over the last few days, the main one being “put the dam pins where you are going to be sewing) LOL Seriously , putting them in the center of each block was a pretty big bone head move on my part. That was the main reason i had puckers when i stitched across a line of stitching at a right angle to the way i was going!
So i spent a few evenings last week picking out all the rows that had any puckering, there were a few that didn’t , but it was worth it! Then i pinned the h**l out of of each line i was going to stitch and presto!! no puckers! I have only 8 lines to sew on the center part of the quilt and then the borders before i can bind it…. but nearly there!
I did have an issue with my walking foot, i was using an open toe style foot and using the same area on each side of it to guide how far away my stitching was from the seam line… Well I could not figure out why one side was always narrower, you know a bit closer to the seam, than the other?? then i had a closer look at the foot and discovered the edge that i was using was a different width on each side! Really, seriously ??? they couldn’t make them both the same? but at least i figured it out and from then on could compensate and have a more evenly space design. Sheesh!
a picture of the quilt top while doing the borders so you can see it while i describe the quilting i am doing on it. Anyways , what i did to quilt this was stitch about 1/4 inch away from each seam line, on both sides of the seam. and then just where the blue squares line up diagonaly i did a row of stitching diagaonaly through them too. It looks pretty nice, (if i do say so myself) LOL
Here’s a couple of closeups of the quilting in progress. I am using Aurofil size 50 thread and a 3.5 stitch length to do the quilting.
So here are some pics of my revamped sewing space.
this is the new sewing table dh built for me, there are drawers on the left side as you can see and behind them there is open shelf storage facing to the left (as you are looking at it), you can see my tv up on the wall, much easier to actually see now that i am back further from the wall.
We still need to tweek the height of the machine, the bed of it is a scant 1/8th of an inch higher that the table, but it also slants down a slight bit towards the end ( the end on the left as you would sit at it ) and it is even with the table there , so that complicates things a bit. It hasn’t been an issue with this quilt, but i think it could for Free motion quilting. I also have a little table , see it up against the wall on the left? that i can use on my left side at the front to hold some of the quilt too.
Looking the other way, you can see the floor isnt done yet. Walmart is out of the black and white foam tiles … and i have a large piece of smooth plywood for my chair to roll around on. and where the blue bag is hanging is a rod on the wall with plastic hooks that i hang rulers …. and well bags too. The yellow ribbon is one my Granddaughter Venessa and I tied and put in our tree while her daddy ( my youngest son) was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-12. You can see the flourescent light fixture above the table, there is also one over the cutting table, got them at home depot a couple of years ago , fairly inexpensive and very good lighting.
My cutting table and some storage shelves, (which used to be in a closet before we tore down the wall) there are also shelves perpendicular to the white ones, the black end supports are just visible on the left , they have some sewing and quilting stuff on them ,but not much …. other stuff though. I also have a tall plastic storage drawer unit , just to the left of the shorter one on the left of the picture, yes down near the bottem!anyways i keep , fat quarters , charm squares, jelly rolls etc in the tall drawers. My ironing board is set up pretty much behind where i am standing to take the picture. I thought about setting up something beside my machine to iron on , but i kind of like the idea of getting up to stretch the legs now and then so i just left it where it was.One of my favorite things in here is my new design wall, the white sheet right behind my cutting table, so now i can layout blocks and see them and re-arrange without having to go to another room!
so that’s all the news for now! well except the snow is actually melting here! yaaaaaaay! i can see some grass in our backyard and the front is about half melted! could spring actually be almost here?