I warmed up the machine as you said, and further loosened my bobbin. Had a very successful afternoon quilting. When finished with the Christmas bargello I thought I'd try feathers on a charity quilt. I don't do feathers well. Ended up improvising and it looks decent.......I need to learn freehand techniques.....I'm always scared to try something new to me for fear of ruining my quilt top. Stippling and meandering is my strong point. I have pantographs, but dislike doing them.
Are you close to Chicago? Will you be going to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago?
I volunteer teaching seniors how to piece and quilt. When tension is discussed (over regular home sewing machines).....there are some who adamantly say "i never touch my tension .It is set by the company, and it takes care of itself" And others say they will adjust the upper, but "never" mess with bobbin tension. It has always beenis not that important exactly where each one is. That is of course, as long as we are getting a good stitch. How do you feel about this?
Also, which embroidery machine do you have? I have a Janome M-1
No wonder I was having problems.....I never warmed it up. And sometimes I would wonder why when it was stitching good, everything would change......maybe because adjustments must be made "after " the warm up.
Do you take the needle out when you do this, or just the thread out of the needle?
Those are all great ponters................I need to be reminded to warm up my machine. How long do you warm it up? That's probably a big part of my problem.
I have the same as you, only the 30" arm. That isn't as wonderful as I thought it would be......I traded a 24" for a 30" when we moved. My arms stayed the same length..........so it's a reach for me.
I use mostly Superior King Tut thread or Rainbows. Most often I use Bottom Line in the bobbin. Do you keep the bobbin quite loose? Top and bottom has to balance, so I would think bobbin should be as loose as possible so the upper thread tension can be reduced. Am I right on this?
I live in Luxemburg, Iowa......about an hour and a half from Nolting in Hiawatha. I don't doubt the quality of the machine...........it's my skills that need a lot of work. It is getting better than it was. Tell me more about warm-up if you can.......thanks much............
Arlene, Thanks for commenting on my blog post on quilt labels and for bringing up the point about including the pattern name and designer. If the quilt is made from a pattern, I do also include that on the label, in the case of the two examples, the quilts were designed by the instructors. Unfortunately, I can't find the name of the instructor of the applique quilt. It's not in my notes and I only had the one class from her. I thiink the one thing I learned via my UFO's is to keep better notes. I try very hard to be sure designers are acknowledged. So again thanks for bringing up that point.
You have made some lovely quilts. I also like doing photo quilts and have made 3 (one was for a school auction). I wish I had more time, I have more ideas then I do time.
Thank you for telling me about your quilt challenges--what good ideas! I would never have thought of the one about the song title. Also, our quilt show each year is during the month long St. Patrick's Festival here (it's a really big deal), and no one has mentioned a challenge related to it as a theme. You gave me several things to think about. BTW, it's going to be about 20 here tonight--not so cold for you, but bitterly cold for us.
I wish I could remember the name of the orchards where they worked, I know it. I just remember a picture of a smiling apple wearing an Indian headband and it said Napa sue (sp?). I do remember it was a pretty big operation. I doubt there were a ton of orchards in a town called Wauconda.
Yes, I love Tammy Tadd's bright colors. I work with a lot of different colors and styles, often depends on the time of year and my mood, or the recipient of my quilts, but I admit, I have a soft spot for those brights, or pastel brights!
When I was growing up, my uncle and grandfather worked on an orchard in Wauconda. My uncle actually worked there up until about 5 years ago (he's in his early 80's), then moved back to WI to be near the rest of his family. I used to love going there, it was beautiful and the orchards, to me, where magical. Allergies kept me away from there for many years.
I saw Tammy Tadd's booth at the IQF in Chicago in April, and I just fell in love with her stuff. She is in Quilt Sampler Magazine this issue! I hope someday to stop at the shop in person.
A dear friend of mine lives in Wauconda. Actually, some of my relation lived in that area for many years, and my sister lived in Chicago for a few years.
Are you anywhere near Tammy Tadd Designs? I love her stuff!
Thank you Arlene and yes the quilt is from a pattern called "Stairway to Heaven" in a paper piecing biblical book #2 of patterns. I don't off the top of my head remember the name of the book but a pic of it is on my page in my photos. There were many blocks to pick from to put in the quilt and these were the 12 I chose. Bless you, Linda
Thanks for the info on the show! I might make it out there, I'm not 100% sure yet. I'm supposed to be vending at a show in Rantoul that weekend but I'm having a problem getting a sitter for my 2 children while I'm away. They are back in school now and it's harder for me to just take off on a Friday to set up for a show. Anyhow, if I end up not vending myself that weekend, I'll come out to your show to have fun and shop and see the quilts!