Thursday, January 3, 2013
New Year's Quilting
When I posted my end of the year post, I thought I should try to sneak in another finish, like I've done in other years, but I didn't think I would have time. I decided to go ahead and work on finishing anyway, since it could be a nice early finish to begin the new year with.
I brought down my quilt that was closest to completion, my wedding wishes - I called it Blushing Bride according to the labels. If you recall, it was supposed to be a simple pink and white modern quilt, but I got carried away and added words to it. Then I added butterflies in the sashing. I had planned on adding some roses between the butterflies, but when I looked at it again, it doesn't seem to need anything else. I decided to go ahead and finish it off, and if I wanted to add the roses later, I could always quilt them in after it was bound.
The batting had been added when I did the embroidery, but not the back (to keep me from having to worry about keeping the embroidery neat in the back). I added a back, and started to quilt it in the ditch. Just a few seams should hold it just fine. The feed dogs moved up and down but did not move the fabric forward. I managed to pull the quilt through - free motion in the ditch using a walking foot maneuver. Then I trimmed the quilt down and cut out the binding fabric. One of my favorite parts of quilting is trimming away the excess batting and backing to see what the quilt really looks like.
I tried to clean the machine, hoping that would do the trick. I can push the feed dogs back and forth, but they won't go on their own. Getting it fixed would be $79, and my machine cost $200 to buy it 24 years ago, so I am not sure that it would be worth it. So for now, I am going to take the machine apart and try to fix it myself, and look for a new machine. Does you know how to fix this?
Until then, I will probably try to keep some forward momentum going on quilting by doing some handwork - applique on the Moondance quilt and/or applique and embroidery on the African crazy quilt. Hopefully I will have some progress to show you soon.