Monday, October 25, 2010

It's a sign that I need a sign...

I need to put a big sign somewhere in  my quilting room that says - CHECK THE BACK!  and then maybe I'll remember to check the back of my quilts as I quilt them, at least every 15 minutes or so.  WHY?  Because I spent an hour and a half quilting happily away, only to discover that my tension got screwed up and I had done lots and lots of free motion stippling that was nothing but thread nests on the back side.  The top looked great so I had no idea.  It took me two hours to tear it all out with a seam ripper!  ARRRGH!
I kept mumbling "seam rippers are your friend, seam rippers are your friend!"

So, it was not as productive a weekend as I had hoped.  I have been trying to practice on my frame with my Brother machine and my new Grace Sure Stitch Regulator, and kept having thread breaking issues.  I finally took the Brother off the frame, and tried quilting a different quilt on it without the frame.  Finally figured out what my thread breakage problem was, but it took a long time.  I have two quilts I need to get done by Christmas, and I want to do them on the FRAME!  Frustrating is ALL I can say!

On a good note, however, I introduced myself to the other quilters on the Quilting Board site (quiltingboard.com) , and showed three of my quilts - and got lots of very complimentary comments about them.  That made me feel less stupid - many thanks to all of you who responded.  You made a lousy weekend much better!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Just a few great links...

One of my Christmas presents is finished for the piecing, now to quilt it.  Second gift to be cut next weekend.
Think I may have put too much on myself , but I really want to get these done for Christmas.

Not much to talk about, so here are a few great links that people have recommended or I've found on my own.

Quilters Coloring Book:  http://www.quilt.com/ColoringBook/QuiltColoringBook.html
Line drawings of quilt block patterns you can color to test different color combinations.

Great long arm template site - The Gadget Girls:  http://www.thegadgetgirls.com/

Free Sampler Quilt Patterns:  http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/QuiltCategories/FreeSamplerQuiltPatterns.htm

Thread and More - lots of quilter's stuff:  http://www.threadandmore.com/default.asp

Urban Elementz - one of my favorite sites for pantographs:  http://www.urbanelementz.co/