I knew I’d have to do it sooner or later.
I bought a wide bed machine two years ago and never could get it to free motion quilt correctly. I spent time messing with it and corrected some of the issues, but it wasn’t there yet. I knew one day I would have to sit down and keep at it until we came to an understanding.
That day was last Sunday.
I won’t go into the whole of it, but there was a lot of thread nests and thread shredding going on. I referred to books and the internet for suggestions. I tried everything I knew to try.
The game changer was switching to a quilting needle. It seems like all the great machine quilters say to use topstitch or metallic needles for the bigger eye, but my machine hated them. Once I switched, a small tension adjustment was all I needed to create this.

scribblingI’m very pleased with the results. I call this method “scribbling”. I wanted it to add a lot of texture without a specific design, much like the backgrounds on the old greeting cards from the 1950s and 1960s.
The best part is that I’m enjoying FMQ for the first time ever. Now there is something that is Whoop-Whoop worthy.
I’m linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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1 Response to Breakthrough

  1. Love this! Looks amazing – the perserveance was worth it!

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