Fabric FriYAY! And a serious question.
Hello Friends! We are actually together for a Fabric FriYAY! I know that I have been lacking on my blog posts as of late. I have been trying to make up for it via other social media outlets, but you know, sometimes life just gets in the way of everything else. I shared with you on Monday about last week's lack of posting. Well, the 3 sleepless nights, the worry and the constant running and attention on my buddy, Taco landed me squarely in the middle of a summer cold. I thought it was just allergies, but when repeated attempts at Zyrtec didn't help at all, I realized that it was something more. Regardless, even in the midst of the hacking, I managed to get my Bear Paw top quilted, and honestly, I'm super psyched with the results.
It was my first time using Glide thread, and also using Deco Bob in my bobbin. Both of which, I'm very happy with the results. The Glide thread was a NIGHTMARE with breaking, but I managed to figure out a few things:
1. I quilt too fast, especially FM, I am working on slow and steady... I need to get a stuffed or plastic turtle that lives on Fezzig (my long arm machine) to remind me of this. My thread broke almost exclusively in the paisley/teardrop shape sections, not the ribbon candy, not the waves.
2. Even if it is a headache, the results are worth it. I read online that many long armers quilt successfully with both #18 and #16 needles with Glide...
I started with a #16, thread breaks. I wondered if I had worn it out, as I had 1 quilt on that needle already, and so changed it and I moved up to an #18 needle, and the thread broke MORE... So, I fiddled with the tension a bit, no improvement, so I went back to a #16, and it seemed to be better with a few more small fiddles to the tension. So, my quilting friends: Is it possible that I got a bad batch of #18 needles? I swear everything I do with these #18's, the top thread is breaking all of the freaking time. Do I dare move up to a #20 with Glide Thread? Or am I missing something with the #18s? My next quilt is going to be using Fabulux on top, and I'm afraid of the breaking mess happening again. Leave your thoughts in the comments if you would be so kind.
Off of thread, on to fabric. I took the backing for my Bear Paw by the Lake out of my stash! So here's where I am this week:
Fabric in this week: 0 YARDS! YAY!
Fabric out this week: 3.889 Yards
Net Fabric this week: -3.889 Yards
Net Fabric 2018: 100.832 Yards
Almost back to under 100 yards. I'm going to keep at it. I have a binding to do take out and a couple of quick tops that need to get finished up before we go on vacation the week after next. So I should really be scooting along. Until next time:
Piece and Long Arm!