Our local Quilts of Valor chapter has been quieter than usual this past year. There have only been a few presentations in private ceremonies, and a couple of outdoor ones for just three or four veterans. Because the group was unable to do the large ceremony for military nurses we planned for last November, we have a bit of a stockpile of quilts. So it has been a while since I was asked to do one. When I got this one, I was delighted to be able to contribute again. This was pieced by a friend, and she does nice work. I swear, though, every time I look at this, the pattern that stands out to me is a series of white and red squares with white diamond shapes, not the churn dash navy and red blocks she intended. Which do you see first?
I loaded it up and started in.
I did my fold-up trick to check the borders. For those who haven’t seen this before, you fold up your quilt matching the border seams at the top on a flat surface. I use my longarm, but a bed or countertop will work too. If your borders are put on correctly the fold will be straight. If it bows up in the center, you’ve got borders too big for the center section. This one is good.
I didn’t have a good patriotic pantograph, so I found one online when the last sale was on. This one is called Blue Star from Urban Elementz. I liked the large motifs with the stars and curled ribbons.
I chose navy blue Glide thread for the top, with navy Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Quilting went along fine for a few passes, and the thread color does well with the borders.
Then, for no good reason, this. In the middle of the quilt, I began getting multiple thread breaks on a row, with bad laddering. The bobbin thread was jumping out of the tension on the bobbin. I checked and rechecked the tension with my Towa.
Underneath, as I was pulling bad stitching out, I noticed the white dots from previous stitches. These aren’t holes in the fabric, they are spots where the needle has flaked the printing off the fabric. Unfortunately, this is a mark of poorly printed fabric. I think it may have contributed to the bobbin thread jumping the tension. The only cure was to slow down, and not move the machine as fast.
So, I did that, sewing much slower than usual. The final two rows went fine.
All done, it is ready for pickup.
The QOV organization will have their National Sew Day online this year, and I have registered already. There are some fun prizes up for grabs, and lots of online speakers. Click on the link below to sign up, it’s free!!
I’ll be having another Zoom Virtual retreat next Tuesday, January 19th. Sign up HERE if you are interested. I hope to do a Saturday retreat soon, I just have to find a day that I am certain to be home.
What are you sewing this week?
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