The Quilt That Changed Everything

It was a typical Sunday afternoon at the sewing machine. I wanted to free motion quilt, my machine didn’t want to cooperate. I changed the spool position a half dozen times. I switched to a different needle. I re-threaded the machine several times. I changed the tension about 20 times.
I even pulled out Threadwork Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith to see what needle I should be using with the thread I’d chosen.
It crossed my mind that the quilting might not happen how I wanted it, but I decided that wasn’t an option and kept adjusting.
That’s when the magic happened.
My machine finally gave in and started working properly. I tweaked the tension a bit, and off we went. The thread only broke once.
But the biggest surprise of all was that I ENJOYED quilting that top.
Somewhere in the battle of wills with my machine, everything changed. I ended up in a whole new place. The top turned out even better than I imagined.
poppies quiltedNow I’m looking through my hoard to see if I have anything else ready to quilt and trying to figure out what will finish quickly if I don’t.
If that isn’t a total turn-around, I don’t know what is.

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7 Responses to The Quilt That Changed Everything

  1. Congratulations! Machines can be finicky. But in the end you and the machine came out on top!

  2. quiltinggail says:

    What a wonderful story of success!!! And the quilting looks fabulous! Congratulations!

  3. Susan T says:

    It certainly can be magic when everything comes together!

  4. Kate says:

    Your poppy quilt turned out beautifully! Hope you found something else to quilt while the magic was still working.

  5. chrisknits says:

    It’s wonderful!! A great finish, now get going on those other projects!

  6. Denise says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see it in person. Will you bring it to stitch in?

  7. Julie in GA says:

    It is a wonderful moment when things all come together like that, especially after you had been struggling with the FMQing. Your quilt looks beautiful!

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