Check out this lovely Trip Around The World quilt that I just finished quilting for my friend, Carol. Her mom pieced the top many years ago from a kit which instructed that the top be tied at every corner of every square so that each square was kind of puffed up. It never got tied, and I have been offering to quilt it for Carol for a while now. She finally agreed :-)
I quilted the top with the pattern Flowerumpus with dark blue thread. You can't see the quilting on the top because of the calico prints, but it looks great on the back.
I experienced some frustration on this quilt with major thread breaks and shredding, and so I'll share this experience so that maybe it will help someone else... I changed my needle, changed my bobbin case, changed my bobbin, re-threaded the machine, tried adjusting tension, checked the timing of the machine. I even pinned some practice fabric to the end of my rollers to try and recreate the thread breaks and figure out what was causing it. I could not make the thread break on my separate practice fabric. I think it must have had something to do with the older fabric of the quilt top, though it didn't feel unusual like there would be a problem. The backing was brand new Kona solid fabric, and the batting was black Quilter's Dream. I had read about quilters using silicone spray to help with different stitching problems, but I was not going to spray a product all over someone's quilt top. I found this product - Ease-A-Thread - which is a silicone liquid that you apply to the cone of thread. It was the answer!!! I had not one thread break on the last two-thirds of the quilt when I started using this product. If you are having trouble with thread breaks and/or shredding, I recommend giving this product a try.
And finally - there's the whole quilt! Thank you, Carol, for letting me quilt for you!! I hope your mom will be happy that you'll soon be using the beautiful quilt she made, too.
As usual, I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!