Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Work in Progress

I have been waiting since last November to quilt one particular top. It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do with it, and when I did decide I needed a new part.  I wanted cross-hatching in the background - some straight lines to offset the circles.

But that required an extension base for my machine, so that I could more easily use a ruler.  I finally ordered it just after Christmas, and it came last weekend.  I was so happy, and ready to start this quilt.  I picked it up Saturday and on Sunday morning went downstairs to install it.  And it did not fit AT ALL.  After much struggle (I was warned that it was going to be tight to get on) this is what I ended up with. It is supposed to be flat :(

However, my lovely dealer answered my Sunday email that same day, and drove out to my house Sunday evening with her table, to have a look at what might be wrong.  I was surprised and thrilled that she took time out of her weekend to help me out.  It was obvious pretty quickly that my extension table was out of spec - the holes were mounted in a location about 1" off where hers were.  So, she very nicely left me with her table and took mine back (hopefully to return for one made correctly).

I spent the last couple evenings working on this quilt, and now it is done and ready for binding.  I'll have to get a better picture of the quilting itself, once I am done. Now to figure out what to bind it with.

In the meantime, while taking breaks from the long arm, I finished a second dresden plate for the Block Party this month at my LQS, and finished a whirling star - done correctly this time!

I'm linking up today over at Freshly Pieced  and the Needle and Thread Network, for Work in Progress Wednesday.


  1. Love the graphic impact of the circles on white!

  2. So nice for your dealer to do that, but her being a quilter means that she cares and knows what it is like to have goals! How much space does your handiquilter take? I like that vibrant orange with the blacks in your whirling star! Busy!

  3. Sweet quilt. Whew, what a nice dealer. Honestly I want to throw my sewing machine out the window the second something doesn't work properly! Love the colours on the whirling star.

  4. A good dealer is worth her weight in gold. You have a gem! Everything is looking good.

  5. You made a great choice for this quilt, and you have a fantastic dealer.