Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quilting update

I've been working on both the TARDIS II quilt and the FC quilt this week--both of which I hope to have finished within a week and be able to share here.  Here's a sneak peak of the FC quilt to hold you over:



Now the TARDIS II quilt:

I started with straight line quilting in the ditch.  Note to self: piece together the windows/panes--do not leave until nearly last to applique them on!

The back.

 I had a lot of FMQ issues on both quilts--and it turns out for mostly the same reason: two layers of batting and lots of spray basting.   My usual fixes didn't work, and after having the needle skip around and thread break a bunch, I finally found a blogger than mentioned that heavy spray basting can cause skipped stitches.  Finally an answer!  Then I knew it wasn't my machine, and decided to finally try a larger needle--a topstitch 90/14.  And things have been going much, much better (though still not perfect)!

It skipped 7! stitches here--and this is when I finally said enough.

I had been planning to just quilt this one exactly the same as the first TARDIS quilt, but there are enough differences that I've had to figure out new quilting in some areas.  On the border I've tried three different threads:

Light grey, dark grey and black--which one do you like best?

And wasn't happy with any of them--my husband suggested doing a looser quilting pattern so it doesn't cover or distract from the stars and swirls on the fabric so much.  So my plan is to try that using the dark grey...but I'm still not sure.  :-/

Anyway, here's how it looks today--hoping to get the other four panels done and then work on the border.

Nearly done quilting the body!

 Okay, time to get back at it--I really want it to be done by the end of the month!

35 comments:

  1. Good luck! I like the light grey, because it stands out so much, but if you don't want it to stand out so much, then the dark grey makes sense. If you want it to be virtually invisible, the black certainly does that.

    I love the little sneak peak you gave us of the FC quilt. Definitiely looking forward to seeing this one completed.

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  2. I love them! Especially your feathers. I'm sorry about the issues with the spray. Can't wait to see the final Tardis!

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  3. Thanks for the peek! You are making great progress. I love your creative use of the turquoise thread on the dark blue fabric!

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  4. Dang girl! Your quilting on the FC quilt is just stunning! The negative space quilting around the feathers is glorious.
    And your newest tardis is looking so awesome! Can't wait to see them both finished :)

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  5. You are doing so great on all of your quilts! Your quilting is just stunning!

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  6. The quilting in that first pic is just out of this world.

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  7. Love love love. Don't let the skipping get you down. I like the light grey thread. Can't wait to see what you choose to use as quiltin motifs. Hope your next sewing day goes well :)

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  8. Love love love. Don't let the skipping get you down. I like the light grey thread. Can't wait to see what you choose to use as quiltin motifs. Hope your next sewing day goes well :)

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  9. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  10. Whoa! Your quilting always blows me away. I've never tried spray basting. I hear about over spray being a problem and gumming up the sewing machine, scary. I don't mind basting and I always have help :)

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  11. So Beautiful!!! I like the dark grey best too.

    -Soma

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  12. Wow! Those are fantastic!! I LOVE them. I almost always use a 90 needle.

    What size do you normally use? Maybe I should considering bumping down because I have trouble from time to time with thread pulling the needle.

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  13. I love your projects. I'd go with the dark gray.

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  14. Your feathers just look awesome! I love how you used the feathers on the door.

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  15. Are you kidding me?? That is GORGEOUS quilting! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday on Thursday. : )

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  16. That is some SERIOUS quilting of the feathers on the FC-AWESOME!! I love the effect of the darker fabric puffing up a bit around the teal thread. Really beautiful! As for your thread choices on the starry fabric, I like the light grey as it added a bit of dimension since the fabric has those smudgy bits that look farther away. It doesn't look distracting but photos can be different than the real thing. If it bothers you, I'd go with the dark grey. I think it would be a pity to do all that wonderful swirl in black to not see it. Great work!!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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  17. Both looking totally amazing!

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  18. that first picture is completely amazing! WOW!

    Stopping by from Lee's hop
    http://www.domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2014/01/wip-wednesday-jan-22nd.html

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  19. Awesome! Love love love it! Yes, I find that the 90/14 needle tends to minimize skipped stitches!!

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  20. Very nice quilting! I am a longarmer but I sew on a Janome and love it!!

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  21. Beautiful, I really like the light grey and the impression of the tardis on the back looks great!

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  22. Your quilting continues to AMAZE me! So beautiful!

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  23. Wow that quilted feather is awesome!

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  24. oh my goodness, your quilting is absolutely fabulous!!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  25. I love this! Even better than the fist I think. I would also pick the dark gray. It has a nice look to it, like you can see it, but it's not trying to show off. Make since? Anyway, about the quilt. It is fantastic. I have just started getting in to Doctor Who...not enough to make myself a quilt. But this beauty has me second guessing that. Wow!

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  26. You know I love that Tardis quilt :) But girl, that FC quilt is AMAZING!!! Keep the pics coming, I can't wait to see the whole thing!!

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