Last week I began quilting the dahlia panel, putting different motifs in each petal. I had hoped to be done with this by now, but the longarm machine had other plans. Here is where we left off, with the top section nicely under way.
On this petal, I planned a curved cross hatch with double lines. To mark the quilting lines, I used a Clover White Chaco Liner, a chalk lining tool that makes a nice thin line, and my curved ruler.
Then, I used the curved ruler as a guide for the hopping foot, following the lines.
Horizontal lines were quilted, then the vertical ones.
On the right edge, the petal here was both purple and blue. I did part of the petal in the purple thread already on the machine.
Then, I moved to the other side to see what I could do in purple before changing colors. The petal opposite has blue, purple and pink sections.
I went to my plan, and lucky for me I’d planned an easy motif to break into sections.
I marked the leafy shapes with the Chaco liner.
Then, I quilted the middle section with the purple thread.
I changed over to blue thread, and did the left side of the petal along with some of the rays below the petal.
Then, while I was still on blue thread, I went back to the right side. I finished quilting the meander on that petal and more rays below the petal.
At this point, I switched to pink thread, finished off the petal on the left, and began the next row of petals.
These went fairly quickly, all I had to do was look at my plan and go.
Curlicues in a wide petal took up a lot of space in a short time.
A small petal got at repeat of the leaf shapes.
Along about here, I began getting a lot of skipped stitches and broken threads. I put a practice piece on the longarm next to this project, and tried to diagnose the issue. I did everything I could think of with thread track, new needle, new bobbin, Towa tension, you name it, I tried it, but without curing the problem. Multiple calls to tech support, and a new bobbin case was on the way, but it didn’t solve the issue either. My Sweet Babboo reset the needle bar height and re-timed the machine, and that seems to have done the trick. Thank heaven, I’m back in quilting mode! He is a keeper.
I threaded the machine with yellow thread for the next section. Then I quilted a wavy meander in the next petal. I wasn’t that happy with the stitch quality, so went back to the practice piece and fiddled with the bobbin and top tensions until I got it balanced.
Next petal was done with rows of loops.
Then the part I was dreading, the center section was next. It is small sections, and I looked at Pinterest again as I didn’t think I could do the plan I’d drawn. I am not good with pebbles, but wanted to do some here and there.
I outlined the small petal sections, tried some pebbling, did some wavy lines and loop stitches. I’m not really happy with this, as it looks a bit chaotic and poorly planned. The pebbles look terrible and some of the traveling didn’t get stitched where it should have gone.
But, step back and it isn’t too bad. I think in the overall scheme, it won’t stand out. So, here is where it stands. Hopefully in the next week I can finish it off.
Then I’ll start on the one that will be donated to Bullington Gardens for their Dahlia Days auction. It is in the Sunset colorway, very vibrant. See all the colorways for Hoffman Dream Big panels on Fat Quarter Shop. Don’t forget to see what is on today’s Flash Sale while you are there!
Click on this link to see Part 3 – Quilting the Dahlia Panel – Part 3
How are you keeping busy this week?