My last attempt for a lap sized quilt had me in tears. I did a few lines, unpicked it, tried again, unpicked it, tried again, then threw it on the floor and stomped away from the sewing machine like a two year throwing a (spectacular) tantrum.
Patty over, I hit Google, I hit Blogs, I hit Youtube and I squeezed every last drop of advice from my Monday night quilting group to find out all the tricks of the straight-line quilting trade.
I was basting right
I was using the same weight/value 100% cotton for both the top and bottom of the quilt sandwich
I was using a walking foot on my machine
I was supporting the quilt so the machine wasn't having to pull the quilt
I was using good quality thread
I'd had a glass of wine
But still I got results like this ...
|Front quilting horror|
|Back quilting horror|
Then came my new machine. Bought primarily because I wanted to learn FMQ. I've been having fun doing that, but even better, I've discovered that I can straight-line quilt on this baby. It's quick, it's flat and it's all kinds of magnificent!
I'm aware of the old saying the a good tradesman never blames his/her tools ... but just look at the difference!
I'm still doing everything the same. Basting-wise, fabric-wise, thread-wise, wine-wise.
So whilst I'd like to take all the credit, I really do think it's the machine.
I think a new sewing machine cover is in order - he deserves a special treat :)
Linking up with:
I Quilt over at Pretty Bobbins