April 9, 2008

Things I have learned

I'm about halfway done quilting my friend's quilt and I have learned quite a few things along the way.  
1. It takes A LOT of thread to "stipple" a quilt
2. This size quilt is about the largest my machine will handle. See below photos of the half finished quilt and the machine. :-)
3. It's VERY important to pin your quilt very well and to tightly stretch the backing before you pin it. If this is not done, the back of your quilt will bunch and that's not very pretty.
4. Those sticky gloves really help push the quilt through the machine even though threads get caught on them quite often. 
5. If you forget to pull the bobbin thread up from under the plate and start sewing, it will probably come up anyway which is helpful. :-)
6. Quilting a quilt is great exercise for your arms.  I find it necessary to do some exercises every now and then to loosen up my arms and unfreeze them from the quilting position.
7. And finally, seeing the quilt turn into a quilt is a very fun reward. :-)


Thriftin and Craftin said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I just finished doing a free motion quilt for the first time too. It was fun, but unfortunately I did get some bunches on the back. I'm handsewing the binding down now, and will post a pic on my blog when I'm all done. I know I broke tons of quilting rules, but it's the only way to learn. Your quilt looks beautiful. Your friend is going to love it I'm sure!

Thriftin and Craftin said...

I just read the comment you left on my blog. Yes-if we keep trying, we'll get free motion down, I'm sure! Keep practicing. I am!