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« Reply #160 on: February 28, 2014 01:09:48 PM »

Thanks for the replies - I should have figured there'd be a proper place for such a question, but I keep getting lost in all the different boards...

Hmmm, it could probably do with a new needle, actually.  I did de-fluff it very recently because I quilted the back to the batting before I quilted the top to it (long story...).  I'll check the timing too.  It's actually my mum's machine and we've had it a goodly while, so it's quite possible it needs a bit of TLC.  (And I should really get my cheap'n'cheerful machine seen to while I'm at it; it needs mending but mum's machine is so much nicer to use that I don't have much incentive to get it looked at! XD)

@stillatthetop - But does a walking foot work for doing very squiggly lines?  Huh  I've only used mine for straight lines so far.
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« Reply #161 on: February 28, 2014 01:10:17 PM »

A walking foot works better for quilts. And you drop the feed dogs {darning mode}. The foot does the work of things. But it all depends on your machine, too.
Hope this helps you!

No, you don't want to drop the feed dogs if you're using a walking foot. A walking foot is for straight line quilting and you leave the feed dogs alone. The feed dogs will pull the bottom layer of fabric and the walking foot will pull the top layers, so they work in unision. A darning foot is for free motion quilting and with the darning foot you would drop the feed dogs. You don't want to confuse those two!

@stillatthetop - But does a walking foot work for doing very squiggly lines?  Huh  I've only used mine for straight lines so far.

If you are doing some complicated free motion stuff where you want to go backwards/reverse, you need that darning foot. But for gentle squiggles your regular foot is fine. I do something called "wonky arguile" quilting and I don't change the foot at all for that from my regular piecing foot (for this you can leave feed dogs up).
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« Reply #162 on: February 28, 2014 01:24:55 PM »

Thanks again!  The actual quilting part of quilting is definitely my least understood and most difficult bit.  I've always used my walking foot with the bottom feeds because it makes sense that they work as a pair to feed the layers evenly.  My Quilt Club teacher told me about darning feet last session and gave me a quick outline of how to use one (including dropping the feed dogs), but couldn't do much more since I didn't own one at that point in time!  If I can't get it to behave, I'll try with the normal foot or leave it until my next Quilt Club session and get Stef to have a look and see if I'm doing something dumb.  It just seems odd that I get the pokies with the darning foot but not with my regular or walking feet.
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« Reply #163 on: February 28, 2014 01:46:10 PM »

Hmm yeah that is weird if the other feet aren't doing that! How do your stitches look otherwise? Are they too big or too small? If so maybe it's all a problem with speed control. I always try to go too fast and get big stitches until I remember to slow down...then 3 minutes later I'm too fast again! Cheesy

I posted a couple of finishes I've been sitting on for almost two months, finally gifted them this week!




Grandma quilt
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431873.0#axzz2ueiJ5ON6

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« Reply #164 on: February 28, 2014 02:10:40 PM »

Hmm yeah that is weird if the other feet aren't doing that! How do your stitches look otherwise? Are they too big or too small? If so maybe it's all a problem with speed control. I always try to go too fast and get big stitches until I remember to slow down...then 3 minutes later I'm too fast again! Cheesy

I posted a couple of finishes I've been sitting on for almost two months, finally gifted them this week!

Congrats on the lovely finishes!  I particularly like the pinwheel quilt.  Smiley

I think it might be a speed problem - the stitch length is all over the shop and I think my speed was far too fast.  I shall give it another go when it's not so late and I'm wearing better footwear and see if I can get better results.  It *was* my first ever attempt, after all!  Roll Eyes  I think I'll stick with appliqueing more of my dresden fans to their squares for now - 4 down, 20 to go...
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« Reply #165 on: March 01, 2014 10:35:55 AM »

Another finish. I completed the fourth memory quilt from widow s.
And i caught up in my daily reflection quilt.
Now to finish Amy baby quilt and a couple of taggies. Then i can start the bot's senators birthday quilt. It's only needed to get done by the 22nd.


Of march. And i can't work on it while he is home. Or awake. And march break is soon. Oops.


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« Reply #166 on: March 01, 2014 08:36:28 PM »

I was at my guild Sew Day for a solid 10 hours today and got a decent amount done, 2 charity blocks, a charity quilt top stitched together, taught a friend to sew curves, and cut out about 150 5-inch squares for my aunt's quilt. I would have got more done if I hadn't had to run home twice for stuff I forgot and taken a long lunch and a long time shopping! Cheesy
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« Reply #167 on: March 03, 2014 06:41:43 AM »

Those are cute quilts MareMare - I like the colors
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I've been under the weather lately so have been avidly stalking only...but I had to say that that bargello quilt a few pages back is pretty.
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« Reply #169 on: March 04, 2014 02:55:40 PM »

My first finished project for the year!  This is a kit from the series 'A Door A Doodle' and it's called How Does Your Garden Grow.  It's about 16" x 10"

              

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