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!|
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!|