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!