Showing posts with label Lennie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lennie. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Quilting on Lenni

On Saturday I was able to go back to the quilt shop and do some more quilting. This time I chose to do an overall clamshell pattern on my quilt (Dancing Fans). Since I had trouble loading my quilt the day before I brought my camera so I could capture those steps in pictures that I could look at later in case the procedure gets a little lost in the misc. files in my brain. Sharan was kind enough to get me started, and once I figured out what my error was, things went swimmingly and it only took me a short time to get ready to quilt!

My problem was that I pinned on the wrong side of the leaders. I had pinned on the front side of the leader instead of the back. Much easier to pin correctly, and everything clicked immediately.

I got out the clamshell pantograph, set it up and was on my way. The quilting went super fast and I only had a few issues. One turn I had the quilt a little too tight and my thread broke several times. A few of the fusible appliques were starting to come up, and I discovered that I definitely do not have the fine control I am used to when using my home machine. I wonder if that will come with practice, or if it's machine related. I love the bottom line thread for the bobbin. I plan to buy a spool of it to try out on the Juki with free motion quilting. I'll do black or maybe red for the commision quilt I am working on next week. Love the way it just disappears into the back (of course I used a nice busy back also so that helps!

All in all I was quite pleased with the way my second quilt went. Not sure it's really much of an option for paid work, as at $15.00 an hour it cuts into my profit greatly. But it might be a really fun thing to do on some of my personal quilts. The next quilt I am going to go without the stitch regulator and do some free motion work, just loops and flowers I think. Don't know if I'll get to quilt at work today, but maybe next week will work out for that.

Oh, and one piece of advice - don't try clamshells your first time out. It seems like a simple design, but because the clamshells have to connect just so, it's probably not the best choice for a first time machine quilter.

Just Sayin'

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Paper Lantern Quilt on the Lennie

This is a sample I've been working on for Threads That Bind. It is a Jason Yenter pattern using fabric designed by Kumiko Sudo. They are beautiful fabrics, not only in their soft pastel colors, but their feel is also wonderful, very soft and silky (got to love quilt shop fabrics, I must say!)

The pattern features 30 of these blocks, but we decided 4 blocks would be perfect because that is how many fabrics we ordered to go with the border and the peachy color sashing! It was fairly easy to make, but I'd most likely get very bored making 30 of these blocks - and all the cutting of small squares to make those lantern points (done in a sew and flip technique).

I finished up the Paper Lantern sample and brought it in to the shop yesterday when I went to work. Sharan suggested that I go and quilt it up on the Lennie since there was nothing much that needed done, so off I went. It's been a while since my lesson, so I had some trouble mounting it, but I did get the job done (though it took quite a while to accomplish it!). The quilting - went all right, but not up to my standards, yet. I think it's going to take quite a bit more practice before I would ever consider doing one for hire on it, but who knows.

We thought clamshells would look nice as it is an oriental quilt. I did a combination of pantograph quilting on the outside border with free-hand quilting for the inner blocks. I think I would have been a little better off had I loaded the quilt the opposite direction of what I did - the clamshells were quilted up-side down, so it was a little different to get the feel of. I also discovered that it's very hard to make a nice diagonal line on a long arm machine! You can go up-down, and you can go side-side, but those diagonals just go wild on you. Sharon says you need to use a ruler for that, so next time I will try it! I did get a better feeling for the stitch regulator, and feel more comfortable with that now, so that is a good thing.

Overall it looks quite nice, though I did miss a spot!