Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Christmas Mug Rugs
Wow. I quilted one mug rug with stipple, the other was just wavy lines. Both were a challenge. The most frustrating problem was with my thread tension. I tried adjusting the settings for thread and pressure foot, as well as thread length (not that I think that would matter), but my bobbin seemed to be too tight. In some places the thread pulled straight, even with a high tensioned needle thread. I will have to solve that first before I start doing any larger projects with freemotion quilting. Any advice would be welcome!
Having finished these, I am even more awed by the freemotion quilts I've been admiring on the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I know some of them are quilted on a longarm machine, but it's still impressive. In addition, I'm starting to understand why people use spray basting and grippy gloves. It was hard to keep hold of the material to move it and I was afraid to hit my pins when the sewing machine was at full throttle.
These were good experiments and I'm sure they'll be fine for lots of use with hot cocoa and holiday cookies.