Friday, January 28, 2011

Confessions of a Walking Foot.

I have finished quilting this quilt. It was quick, just a quarter of an inch on one side of each row. Since taking this photo this morning the binding is all one ready to be hand sewn down. We are back to school next week and I am cramming as much sewing in as possible in these last few days as term 1 is a big one this year, 12 weeks long! The teacher, teachers aide and two students in this house are going to be exhausted at the end of it! Thinking about planning a trip here at the end of those 12 weeks, something to focus on.

So I quilted this with my walking foot, I have a love/hate relationship with it. Was so disappointed in the quilting that I produced with it on this quilt last year. I was getting quilt drag with that quilt, so with this one I was determined to do it the proper way, down one row, rotate and then back the other way, so you aren't going in the same direction all the time. I did that for maybe 8 rows and it was pulling badly on the back, getting dragged again. So then I decided to go just one way and everything then clicked. No drag, lovely smooth quilting. So then I unpicked those first 8 rows and redid them going the same way as the others and it is perfect. Flat and smooth and no drag. Go figure. Walking foot I don't understand you but thank you for doing what I wanted you to do on this quilt.

4 comments:

Car said...

It is lovely! Some of my best quilts have been straight line quilted, but like you its that love hate relationship with the walking foot ;)

Good luck for the big school year ahead!

Austy's Mum said...

I find that too - I very quickly learned to go the same way with stripes, despite the walking foot. Gorgeous quilt by the way , lovely fun colours

Poppyprint said...

Good save! I love my built in walking foot on the Pfaff.

MelindaK said...

Beautiful quilt as always, im a follower but dont comment. Slack I know, good luck with term one and enjoy your trip to Cape Leveque, its a stunning spot. Spent a week there in 2009.