Thanks to my Bernina quilt frame and Quilt Motion, I was able to finish the Poinsettia Party Poppers Quilt I posted a while back. It is a small quilt, so I decided to go with an intricate pattern from the Quilt Motion library. Next time even with a small quilt, I won’t pick a design so dense and time-consuming to stitch out. With all the colors and fabric patterns in the quilt, the intricate block quilting pattern was lost in the shuffle. I am very happy with the quilt and learned a lot from the experience. Hope to share some of my mistakes here for others to learn by.
Here’s the finished quilt.
I had to experiment with several threads before I found one that worked well, looked good and didn’t break every five minutes. I find my Bernina 830 is very hard to re-thread while on the frame and hooked up to the laptop with Quilt Motion. Maybe it would be easier if I were taller or had a step stool.
The stitching took a really long time because of the dense pattern I chose for the quilting. I had a mess up on one of the rows and had to retrace the stitching backwards which took a really long time. The rest of the quilt went pretty smoothly until the last row. I thought I had been very careful setting up my “safe area” for stitching. I must not have because the machine would stop and cut the threads about 1″ from the top of the block all the way across. I realized this about halfway into stitching the row and just let it continue this way rather than stopping and re-positioning everything and not being sure it would line up correctly. Chalk that up to a learning experience…always make sure your safe zones are correct. Once I finished the quilt, I just did a little free-motion quilting in the empty space and you can’t tell the difference (well unless you get really close).
Here’s a block close up photo. It is hard to see the pattern, but you see it a little bit.
It was nice having a new Christmas quilt to display this year. I’m hoping to get another project on the frame soon. I have two block-of-the-month projects I’m working on plus a T-Shirt Quilt class I am taking from Quilt University on-line. I guess I need to have more time to quilt…wishful thinking right?
Until next time, happy sewing, quilting & embroidering…