Now I have tackled my first quilt project on this machine my PFAFF 4.2
And as promised in my last post…I will document both problems and when going ok…
 
Will keep this as a record to myself for trouble shooting…
and maybe it can help someone out there too…
 
So first things up…
 
Always clean out your machine!! Essential!!
 
Make some test quilting on a mini quilt sandwich so you get the moves in
and to see if there is some adjustments to be made…
 
A new quilting needle!!
This time I used Schmetz quilting needle size 90/14 ( didn't have any 80/12)
 
Straight stitch needle plate… Yes…
 
Supreme Slider...yes…think it's a wonderful tool…
just have the small one…love to have the large one!!
 
Set the machine to dynamic foot
( but I'm using the open toe spring loaded foot…
Tip from Karin at the quilt yarn…thanks for that one!
 
Stitch length0
 
My machine starts on 5.2 with thread tension…and after test sewing…
I went down to 4.8…and this seemed to be a little high a bit in on quilting so I adjusted to 4.6
 
For this quilt I chose Gutermann cotton thread…colour 828…
just because I can't find any other thread here where I live…
Tried to have a thinner thread in bobbin…
but got better stitches when using the same in bobbin so I went with that!
 
And to my JOY...:)
this went beautifully all along…
Had two or three thread breaks…and this I don't blame on thread or tension..
It was just me!! :)
 
Quilted a lovely peony like flower all over the appliqued quilt…
And I like the result…
So happy that I decided to give free hand quilting one more go…
I am determined to defeat my fear of this…
So more will come…
For that I'm sure..
 
So happy quilting people!!


 
Settings Joy of Life Quilt

Thread tension: 4.6
Dynamic foot
Stitch length: 0
Straight stitch needle plate
Supreme slider
Schmetz 90/14 quilt needle green
Gutermann cotton thread col 828
Same thread in bobbin
 

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How to start circle quilting…
There are lots of smart tips out in the quilting world…
this is just how I solved it with what I had at home.
I came up with this idea…
To use freezer paper
I simply draw a middle circle
(used a thread spool)
and added another circle with the space I wanted
to be between the quilting lines ( 1″)
and added one more circle…same space ..
Then I cut out the circles and ironed them on the quilt.
Sew around first circle…
When you get to start point
just eyeball or draw a helping line to sew a smooth curved quilting line
and continue to sew around inner circle of the larger circle
until you reach where you started to sew that curved line…
now you need to attach a sewing guide
I just had mine that works for the right side…
but I attached it and it worked as a guide to the left too… 😉
And now it’s just to sew round and round….
EDIT!
What I forgot to mention is that this method is perfect 
when you want to decide on where to start the quilting…
just iron the circles on and see how it looks…and if wasn’t a good spot
position them into another place and see if it was better…
more visible this way.. and 
NO MARKING!! 
I am not finished yet…
will just do a little bit every day to save my neck and shoulder…
it’s a bit of pushing and PUSHING the quilt… :)
Hope this made some sense
so hard to explain sometimes..
and when not remembering to take photos of every little step…
it’s even harder…
Just ask and I will try and explain in my Swenglish… 😉
And if someone have seen another great tip on how to circle quilting
please share!!!
See you…

Molly tested… ;)

 
 

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I got thumbs up from my daughter Petra and Jimmy
 
Have worked on a big big secret since New Year…
 
when they engaged a LOOOONG time ago, when I still sewed… :)
I promised them a quilt for their bed….
They wanted a quilt in black…and I just couldn't sew in black…
 
I just couldn't… But I started to collect fabrics…and patterns…
but nothing talked to me…
Suddenly…I changed plan..bought new fabrics..
and found the right pattern…and voila… :)
Now I can …yes I can sew in black…
( you all know I'm a pastel girl :)
And I didn't mind at all..I even had fun…
and I do love this quilt!!
 
Today I finished THE quilt…and I have delivered it…
IN TIME FOR VALENTINES DAY:)
 
and they were both very happy for it…
So I am sooo relieved…
You know how it is to sew for children that are very clear in their interior taste…
 
Now I can show it!!
 
It have been fully tested and approved by
quilt tester Molly!! :)
 
I have used a pattern from Cherri House Quilts
I loved sewing it…it went together superb…
 
Used black, medium grey and light grey solids…
and added some newsprint fabrics and other modern prints…
and for interest I added some turquoise fabrics…
 
Quilting …wanted to keep it simple so I just quilted straight lines
…but I used three different grey threads…
and that was a success …loved the look!
 
Quilting such a big quilt is a struggle,
even with straight line quilting…
I had divided the quilt in thirds
happy I did…was much easier!
 
Daughter wanted a quilt that was pretty
on the back as well so I designed a striped backside…
A challenge to keep it straight and to quilt it straight…
but I think I managed pretty well… :
 
Finished with a black and white striped fabric for binding…
Gave the quilt a modern and fresh look!
 
Best of all is …
That they loved it… :0)
 
Now I can plan something new…;)
 
 
 
 

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