…. eventually, it will come together, I promise!
That’s right, this is my new studio mantra. As some of ya know, I have been having a lot of difficulties figuring out this quilting setup up I got a month ago. Well, I can honestly say now that 90% of those problems were indeed, operator error. I had been using old quilts I found in a hoarders house to practice with, putting batting in some and others not, just to get the hang of old Bessie. This sure has not been an easy task, as my family can confirm. One night, about 2 weeks ago, hubby came in the studio and caught me in the middle of losing it. Here I was, completely in tears and all I could say to him was “Face it, I am just too stupid to get this. Sorry for the waste of money.” What’s a gal to do once she’s reached that point?
Research! Then do more research, until you find something you haven’t tried. That’s what ya do. So, I did. To be honest, I believed longarming just wasn’t for me. But, that all changed after some good, solid advice from other LA’ers. Oh, and YouTube videos… lots of YouTube videos! I swear, I watched every one that had anything to do with longarms at least twice, if not more. Then I decided to give old Bessie one more go. I threw together a quilt for hubby’s new car and pressed the hell out of it. Loaded up Bessie and let her rip. What a difference this time! Everything went smooth, compared to my prior attempts, I couldn’t believe it. Half-way through his quilt, I stopped, and studied exactly what was so different. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had simply loaded the quilt a lot looser than ever before. Except for the addition of two new thread guides on the top of Bessie, this looseness was the only difference. Once I figured that out I could then tell, while quilting, when it was too tight. The sound from the machine was different, the ease of movement would change. I was simply amazed that I had missed all those tiny fluctuations before.
You can imagine how thrilled I was when 3 hours after entering the studio to load this quilt, it was finished! With only 4 thread breaks, total, to boot. Since it was hubby’s quilt I rocked the studio with Def Leppard, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and some Foreigner thrown in for good measure. Those are all his top faves and that could be why it went so good. Here is the finished product:
Now, I never said it was perfect.. or even close for that matter, just that it is done. I still need loads of practice on keeping my rhythm doing loops so they are quite wonky. But none of that matters, I am just overjoyed knowing that I am not too stupid to get this. That’s good enough for me! This finished at 48″ x 60″, and is a good size for an emergency quilt to keep in the trunk. Ya just never know when ya may be in need of one. His car is red with black interior and the dice fabric is one of those ones he seen and simply said “Now that is pretty cool fabric babe.”. It’s been ear-marked for him ever since. It is quilted with Connecting Threads “Tomato”, 100% cotton thread, and backed with a solid red linen fabric. Linen, like you would make napkins out of, heavy duty and can handle lots of washes. He’s happy, I’m happy, and I like to think that old Bessie is happy to see some action again. On to other things.
This is the next creation, being made for my life long friend and the closest thing I will ever have to a sister. I had been quilting another quilt, I think I mentioned it before a few posts back..?, for her but was so unhappy with the way the FMQ was going on my Brother that I decided to scrap it and make her something else. As for what I’m a-gonna do with that one, I haven’t a clue. May just finish it and donate it, or put it in the trunk of another vehicle round here for emergencies. I think the problem I have with it is the variegated thread, I’m just not sure. All I do know is I am not happy with it and refuse to give anything I am not okay with myself. It is 60% quilted, with wonky lines that were s’posed to be straight lines. I reckon that’s why people use a walking foot to straight line a quilt instead of free-motion. LoL! I hate using the walking foot on anything bigger than 40″ square, it is just too dang hard to keep the lines straight and frustrating to squish it all in a 8″ opening. Ah well, I could never get bored with “making something else”.
On the flip side, hubby has been working on redoing our bed frame the last few months. Stripping it all down and putting just a clear polyethylene coating on it. He only gets weekends to work on this and the weather hasn’t exactly been co-operative so, this has been a truly slow process. But the headboard is done and looks amazing! We have a rustic theme throughout our house and this fits perfectly. He didn’t strip it all the way down and let a lot of the variations of the wood speak for itself. I can’t wait to sleep in this bed when it’s all done, and of course it will have an old-fashioned rustic quilt to top off the ensemble. Take a look, see what ya think:
Doesn’t that just have a rather homey feel to it? Love, love, love it!!
Well, I reckon this is a long enough post so I best get back to finishing my latest “creation”. I do hope all y’all are enjoying your spring, as it is, we have been. Til next go round, Happy quilting!