This is the first day of a 5 day off from work weekend (YEA) and I can dedicate almost the whole weekend to sewing on the new machine. However, here I sit starting with a dilemma...do I spend hours ripping out this quilting or just move on. I started the quilting with invisible thread and the little pokies coming thru on the applique (from the white thread on the back) are driving me nuts. I am going to switch to white thread on the top and bottom - which I should have done in the first place but I did not want to use it on the applique edges. I must say the Avante handled the invisible thread quite well and on the background it looks fine, but the Type A personality in me wants all the thread to be the same. It is a learning piece, but it is a beautiful quilt top - oh what to do, what to do.
I have finished one quilt on the new machine. This is the quilt I call Sandbridge because I worked on the piecing during a wonderful week at a beach house rental at Sandbridge in Virginia. (Yes, I take my sewing machine on vacations- I wake up early and sew while the family sleeps in.) The white and beige fabrics reminded me of the sand I was surrounded by. I have since found a wonderful pantograph of waves
and beach shells etc which would have been perfect on this quilt, but I am a newbie at this. For my first effort I am pleased -even with my Type A personality.
Some of the curves are a little wonky but the spacing is good, tension was acceptable and there are no huge folds in the back so at least I have learned to load a quilt on the machine. All I need to do is hand sew down the binding. (Note to members of my small quilt group - these blocks started in my brown bag challenge a couple years back.)
Finally, a little note about the Civil War Bride, I am still on track completing about one block a month. I just added the bride to the blocks on the wall and it is coming together nicely.
Happy Independence Day weekend to all my American friends and Happy Stitching All...