Monday, January 5, 2009

All couching done, sky mostly quilted, but machine problems.

Finally all the couching is done! Like I said, I bought a foot, which really helped. But it was still hard. And the foot is very close to the throat plate — I could barely fit the three layers under it, even with loosening the presser foot pressure.

Regardless, that's mostly done, except for a few touch-ups and parallel couching lines. The good news is that most of the sky is quilted! I was able to do it all in a couple of hours tonight. The bad news is that something seems to be wrong with my sewing machine. I have cleaned it out and changed the needle (and of course only use high quality materials). The problem is that it's getting jammed, and when I say jammed, I mean the quilt is getting pushed into the throat plate area. And when I finally wrench it free, some of the top thread has managed to wind itself around the bobbin. It's very weird. It did it once and I tried changing the needle and it has happened twice again. This is why the sky is mostly done and not all done.

Anyone have any ideas? I will take it in, of course, if necessary, but this is not the time for me to be without a machine. I don't have tons of machine work left, though, which is good.

Anyway, my idea is to put crystals or beads in the middle of the swirly bits.

This is a little blurry, but you get the idea. Again, very linty!


  1. it all looks great. the sky and the buildings. sorry to hear about your machine. what in the world is wrong with it? have you figured it out yet?

  2. Thanks! I have no idea what's going on. I had just cleaned out the bobbin area and maybe I messed something up. I got back from dropping Molly off at school, but I'm going to see if there's maybe a thread down in there. And if not I might just move on over to the shop and work there. I just don't want the stress of worrying about it breaking down mid-quilt all the time. I don't like having to join threads (or whatever you'd call it when you have to restart in the middle of a motif).

  3. Hi Cheryl! I am the unknown face over there... I will have to upload a picture at some point. I think the sky quilting is turning out beautiful. I like the thread colors! I think the crystals will look great in the swirls.

    How's the machine?

  4. Thanks! I have a little water done now, but have been working the past two evenings so I haven't done a lot on it. Maybe tomorrow night. :-)

  5. Cheryl
    this is gorgeous!
    Greta's mom