Sunday, November 24, 2013

3rd Finish for Q4 FAL

I was working on my Starry Night Quilt in hopes of having it ready for Christmas, but I had some cat interference and then I ran out of white quilting thread.  So what is a girl to do when the closest shop that sells white Guterman thread is 30 miles away?  ....

She gets out her yellow and pink threads and quilts up a different project on her Fourth Quarter Finish Along list.  

This is my Schnibbles Leap Year quilt.

I made it when I was playing along with Another Year of Schnibbles.

It was cold at the park today, but the sun was nice and bright.

My daughter's artistic view of how quilts should be displayed.  :)

I really like this yellow fabric, but as I started quilting it I made a mental note to myself to watch out for fabrics that have something "imposed" on them instead of it being part of the print. 

 I'm not sure what this white overlay stuff is, I usually see it on white on white fabrics, and I have been good about avoiding those but I didn't think to look for it on colored fabrics. So when I saw this yellow in the discount bin I didn't even think about it being like those white on white fabrics that my machine hates so much.   When my needle hits it a glob of white stuff head on it jerks slightly, makes a big hole, and gets me off my groove, which makes my next few stitches out of whack.

And sometimes it will make the machine skip stitches.
What ever that white stuff is, it is too thick in places and my needle doesn't like it at all.
Sometimes, it will just flat out break the thread as the needle goes down.
The fabric is pretty and feels nice to the touch, it just doesn't make for fun quilting.

This must be Sheen's favorite spot.



  1. Those cat helpers! I have a couple like that, too. And they seem to like to have their photos taken. Love your pink and yellow quilt. So pretty.

  2. Your quilt is beautiful! Love the fresh colors and the wonderful pics!

  3. Very beautiful quilt & colours !

  4. Now that is a funny picture with a paw moving the fabric under the machine! You should use that at the next blog hop! Your quilt it so colorful and pretty!

  5. Leah, have you tried using a Klasse' 80/12 titanium quilting needle? I use them for my machine quilting and have never had trouble with the applied white designs on fabric.

    I love your kitty helper and your finished pink and yellow quilt!

  6. I just love that first picture!! Talk about wanting to help!!

  7. It looks like a beautiful day to be at the park! How cold was it? I have experience some trouble with those painted fabrics before too. Not quite as serious as yours, but my machine makes a really funny noise, like the needle is punching through the fabric. I swapped needles thinking maybe it was blunt, but no, it was the fabric. Left large holes and tension issues too. Will avoid buying elcheapo fabric from Spotlight again! (Kinda like Australian JoAnns).