I have had time to baste and start quilting my giant batik quilt top from Bali.
|Saturday afternoon, a time for a pale ale and some basting.|
I wasn't sure what to do with this top. It's made of a variety of synthetic fabrics. Some feel like rayon, others are polyester knits, some have metallic bits on them. Basically, I don't really know what it's made of, and I was really nervous to start quilting it.
Most of the points don't match up, so I really didn't want to make those stand out with straight line quilting. Also, there are a lot of areas where the fabric bunches up, and isn't cut evenly, so I was also worried about getting a lot of puckers on the top. I don't know how to FMQ, so I decided to quilt an off-center spiral on it with my walking foot.
This quilt is 80 x 100, so doing an off-center spiral may not have been the best idea. There were times early on when I wasn't sure I would be able to push the whole quilt through the tiny throat space on my machine. The nice thing about quilting in a spiral is that it gets much easier as the spiral gets bigger. I also like the look of it. I used Aurifil 40 wt blue variegated thread, and it seems to blend in very well. I haven't had many issues with puckers, so I'm happy.
The bad thing about it is that it takes forever. I have used 4 bobbins already and I don't think I'm halfway there yet.
I'm hoping I'll reach one of the edges today.
Also, my walking foot seems to be malfunctioning. The lever that brings the top feed dogs up and down keeps getting stuck in the up position, and it isn't pulling the top layer through. I haven't found anything about this online. Has this happened to anyone? I haven't had it for very long, but maybe there is some walking foot maintenance that I'm not aware of.
Hoping for some sunshine and time outdoors today so I can get some decent pictures of a finished quilt, fingers crossed!
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