From My Carolina Home

Quilting, cooking, reading books, gardening, crafting, sewing, photography and more


19 Comments

How to Use a Towa Gauge – and a Quilter’s Christmas list

If you are a longarm quilter or you use a computerized embroidery machine with a bobbin case, a Towa gauge is either in your tool kit, or you have probably heard of it.  I have to admit that for several years I resisted buying one.  They are not cheap, and I just couldn’t see the benefit.  It didn’t help that there wasn’t anything out there to tell me why I needed one.  Many longarmers would recommend that I get one, especially when I would complain about broken threads, but no one explained why.  I had a hard time believing the bobbin was the issue when it was the top thread that usually broke.  So what if I knew the pressure number, what did it tell me?  And how did I use that information?  No one would explain.  So, now here are the answers to my questions, and maybe I can help someone else understand.  The bobbin tension on a longarm isn’t like a domestic machine, it is finicky and needs more precision because of the high speed at which these machines sew.  The same is true of embroidery machines that have a bobbin case (not a ‘drop-in’ bobbin) and sew at a higher speed than is used for straight line stitching in piecing or garment making.  That tension needs to be ‘just so’ – too loose and the thread will jump out of the tensioner on the bobbin, too tight and it hangs up snapping the top thread.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Using the method of pulling on the thread until the bobbin stands up in your hand but doesn’t lift off your hand is really imprecise, and although lots of people use this, it will still result in broken threads while sewing.  Jamie Wallen has a video on this, and it is the method I used for a long time, feeling like if it was good enough for him it was good enough for me.   But it doesn’t work all the time.  Change your thread and you’ll change the tension needed.  Even bobbins wound from the same thread spool one after another will need adjustment between them.  Change brand or thickness of thread and you have to readjust too.  I frequently go from Bottom Line to Aurifil, and back again.  Since I began using the Towa (about 2 years ago) each time I put in a new bobbin, I have reduced my thread breakage by 99%.  I’m not exaggerating.  The amount of breakage has virtually reduced to next to none, down from several per quilt, and sometimes even several thread breaks per bobbin.  My frustration level is greatly reduced too, and longarm quilting is a pleasure again.

So let me show how it is used.  I loaded a bobbin with red thread to make the steps easier to see.  Load the bobbin as usual through the tensioner.  I have removed the check spring from my bobbins and put in the silicone discs (affiliate links size L or size M) for a smoother operation.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the bobbin in the gauge, snapping it in place just like you do when loading the bobbin case in the longarm.  The thread should be coming from the bottom.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the thread on the bottom of the first wheel.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Wrap it around the top wheel from right to left over the top.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Then thread it back down to the guide at the bottom.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Then pass to the left along the groove in the gauge.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Now pull with a steady even pressure and note the reading as the top wheel moves down and the red indicator shows the tension.  Here is is about 100.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

This is too loose, as I find that the right tension is about 180 for the threads I use most – Bottom Line and Aurifil.  Without taking the bobbin out, place a screwdriver in the tension screw and turn clockwise to tighten.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Pull again and note the number.  I only turn a quarter of a turn at a time, so it didn’t move much.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Another half turn, and I am now getting about 150.  The gauge will sometimes waver, so pull in a smooth motion to get the most accurate reading.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Just a bit more, and now I am at 180, just where I want it to be.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Raise the bobbin bar to release it from the gauge, and flip the Towa over so it comes out without dropping the bobbin.

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, the next thread is a different manufacturer, and to illustrate the difference it is purple thread. I did not change the bobbin tension, just popped in the next bobbin and took a reading. It is 260!!

How to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen the tension to 180.  Here I overshot just a bit, so will tighten it back just a smidgen.  But I think you get the idea from this.

How to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

Now you see why you have to do a measurement on every single bobbin. The thread on the second bobbin was very close in weight to the first, both are 40 wt threads. If you use a heavier weight, the thickness of the thread will usually mean a loosening the screw to get the optimum 180 setting. I find that Bottom Line is slicker than Aurifil, so it has to be a bit tighter to get the same 180 reading.

Superior Threads produced a chart for the ideal Towa gauge tension for all of their threads. Download the chart on this page.  Most of their threads do best in the range of 180-200. Madiera threads recommends a bobbin tension of 180-220 for their threads for bobbins in an embroidery machine.  Although I have not found any other thread manufacturer recommendations for tension, I have found by trial and error that 180 works for Aurifil and Essentials threads as well as Superior.   If I use King Tut in the bobbin, a slightly higher tension of 200 results in less thread jumps out of the bobbin tensioner.  It doesn’t seem to matter which brand of longarm or embroidery machine you have, the bobbin tension matters more to the brand and weight of thread.  There is some speculation that certain Gammill machines work better at 200-260, but I think the best thing is to start at 180 and adjust to your machine as you gain experience with the numbers.

Usually retailing around $68, Amazon has a lower price on a Towa gauge, purchasing by using my affiliate links may give me a tiny commission to help support the blog.  Thank you for clicking!  Towa Gauge M SizeTowa Gauge L Size.  Or see all the Towa Gauges by clicking on this link and then entering the word Towa in the search box HERE.  If you use a lot of Best Press, the price per ounce is the cheapest by the gallon, plus it will qualify for free shipping.  Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size.  Get the  Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors while you are there.

What’s on your Christmas List?

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too! See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method. If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Pinterest, a blog hop or link up, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find, and the categories on the sidebar will gather posts in any subject for you. Lots of fun is had here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow. My fourth mystery quilt is in the planning stage, and will begin in January 2018. Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Easy Threading Needles are great stocking stuffers, they are available with my affiliate link at Fat Quarter Shop HERE.  You can find the needles in a large pack to share with friends at Amazon Self Threading Needle Pack.

Fat Quarter Shop Countdown to Christmas Quilting Sale

If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.  Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit.  If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop.  Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

Fat Quarter Shop begins its Countdown to Christmas today, special deals daily from today until the 24th!!  Click on the banner below.  The deals change daily at 10 am!!  Yesterday was a set of Auriful threads for 7.99!!  What will it be today?

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Great classes for longarmers are now on sale at Craftsy!! If you’ve always wanted to learn something about quilting, design or using rulers, now is the time!!

How and Why to Use a Towa Gauge ~ From My Carolina Home

 

Sharing –

Finished or Not Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts

Advertisements


12 Comments

Christmas Quilt Along Nine Patch Star

Our second week will see the construction of the block and beginning the quilting. So, here is where we left off.  If you missed last weeks beginning with the cutting instructions and the first unit construction, click HERE.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Start by sewing the HSTs units together. Press the seams open on these units to reduce bulk.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then sew in rows across the block.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Make three blocks.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Sew the three blocks into the runner.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Add a border. I used the same gold as the fabric in the center of the nine-patch.  My border is cut 2-1/2-inches wide.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Assemble your runner, and quilt as you like.  I’ll show you my quilting next week.  The blocks finish at 12 inches, so the runner is about 12 x 36 without borders.  The Patriotic quilt version with 20 blocks is about 58 x 72 with 2-inch sashing and without borders. Here is the pdf I promised, with three sets of cutting instructions for more sizes – Nine Patch Star. One more thing, today is my day on the Moda Bake Shop site for this Candy Twist Block.  If you go to the Bake Shop, you can see all the blocks in their Countdown to Christmas quilt along which began December 1. Find your Moda Christmas Fabrics at  Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.

Moda Block at From My Carolina Home

Fat Quarter Shop December Basic of the Month is Riley Blake Ginghams! Thank you for using my affiliate links!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Great classes are now on sale at Craftsy!!  If you’ve always wanted to learn something about quilting, design or using rulers, now is the time!!

Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space – $19.99
Retail Price: $40.00
You Save: $20.01
from: Craftsy

Creative Quilting With Rulers – $24.99
Retail Price: $40.00
You Save: $15.01
from: Craftsy

Gift a Craftsy Class to your best Quilting buddy, or treat yourself!! Sort by price to see the more bargains! Classes on everything are on sale, quilting, sewing, knitting, longarming, photography, cooking and baking, art, paper crafts, and more!

Online Quilting Class

1200x627_sewing

We were really snowed in!!  We got somewhere between 8 and 10 inches of snow.

December Snow at From My Carolina Home

But the sun came out very late in the afternoon, so we might be able to get out by Monday.

December Snow at From My Carolina Home

Are you quilting today?

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too! See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method. If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Pinterest, Moda Bake Shop, a blog hop or link up, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find, and the categories on the sidebar will gather posts in any subject for you. Lots of fun is had here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow. My fourth mystery quilt is in the planning stage, and will begin in January 2018. Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Sharing

Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

 


16 Comments

Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine Patch Star for this community quilt.  For the first sew day, I had cut fabrics for several hours the day before so we could hit the ground running. For this patriotic version, the center unit has a star print for the center, surrounded by blue scraps.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then the flying geese units were done in scrappy reds.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We pressed those seams open to reduce bulk, and make it easy to see the point for sewing the next seam.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

After the previous sew day, we had all the nine patch units made, all the flying geese units made, and all the squares cut.  On this day, we needed to finish assembly of the 20 blocks, add sashing and cornerstones, and complete the center section of the quilt top. Here we are set up for day two of sewing.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

The units were all completed, and then the blocks assembled.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Time out for lunch!  We did a Mexican theme pot luck lunch, with a Christmas Tablescape. The salad courses were lined up on the counter, my guacamole was in the center.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We had a tossed salad full of crunchy lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cranberries, bacon, olives, onions and hard boiled eggs.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We scooped up the Seven Layer salad, yummy refried beans, avocado, olives, cheese, onions, salsa and sour cream to eat with chips.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Then we moved to the stove for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada casserole in a slow cooker.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Taco soup was in another pot, made with ground beef and corn with lots of spice that was so thick it was more like chili.  We ladled it into our bowls, filled up plates, and sat at the dining table for a leisurely lunch with lots of chat time. This was my plate.  I’ll show you the tablescape on Wednesday.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

They laughed at me as I took a picture of another full plate.  Seconds were encouraged, and taken advantage of!

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Stuffed too full for dessert right away, we went back to the basement for more sewing. We cut sashing strips, 2-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Cornerstones of the same star print were placed between the sashings.  The top was constructed in two big pieces.  When we had all 20 blocks made, we put sashings on two sides of each block.  The blocks were sewn into rows, and two large sections were done.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time for dessert, Chocolate on Chocolate. It was a happy thing that the Christmas sprinkles were also the colors of the Mexican flag, after all, there is a lot of chocolate in Mexican cooking. Chocolate chunk brownies, frosted with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles left everyone with a sweet taste.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Every dessert looks yummy on a Christmas plate, right?

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Back to sewing, the final assembly meant joining the two large pieces, then adding the last two edges of sashings, and the center of the top is done.  We counted it up, and so far with 10 quilters working in five different machines over two days plus the cutting time, we have 70 quilter-hours in this quilt so far.  Cutting, marking, pressing, sewing, and ripping out some bad seams here and there really adds up.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

At this point it is still not large enough for Quilts of Valor, right now it is 59 x 72 inches. So I will add a scrappy border made during the first sew day, along with a solid red border on the outside edge to bring it over the minimum size of 60 x 80.  I’ll show you those steps soon, when I get to them. I don’t expect to finish this quilt before Christmas, there is too much going on this month.  The block pattern is the same as the Christmas Quilt Along from yesterday.  I’ll have a pdf for you with both sizes later in the quilt along.  I just got three new pantographs for quilting too and I cannot wait to try them out!

What do you think of our Sew Day and Pot Luck?  Do you think you might try this with some of your sewing friends?

 

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Fat Quarter Shop December Basic of the Month is Riley Blake Ginghams! Thank you for using my affiliate links!

Great classes are now on sale at Craftsy!! If you’ve always wanted to learn something about quilting, design or using rulers, now is the time!!

Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space – $19.99
Retail Price: $40.00
You Save: $20.01
from: Craftsy

Creative Quilting With Rulers – $24.99
Retail Price: $40.00
You Save: $15.01
from: Craftsy

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home


17 Comments

Quick Christmas Quilt Along – Nine Patch Star

Ready to use up some Christmas scraps?  Today we’ll start a very fast quilt along with a new block.  This idea came to me about a month ago, and I have done extensive internet searches to see if it has already been published.  I cannot find this exact thing anywhere, and I can hardly believe it hasn’t been published somewhere.  The block is super simple, a nine patch surrounded by a star.  Two different sizes of squares are used to start, and it will use up a bunch of your stash.  Today, we’ll cut and make the first unit, next week we’ll finish the second unit and assemble the stars, then finally will assemble the quilt runner, add borders and quilt it. Ready to quilt along for a fast runner or table topper?

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Hoem

I made mine with a gold center, red squares and green in the star units. Here are the cutting instructions for three blocks.

Red scraps 2-1/2-inch squares = 24
Gold fabric 2-1/2-inch squares = 3
Green fabric or scraps 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 3-1/2-inch squares = 12

You’ll also need some extra yardage for the border, four WOF strips will do it.  I made mine 2-1/2-inches wide.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Begin the units by making the nine-patches. Place the gold square in the center, red around the edges and sew in rows.  Press each row opposite to make nesting easier, like the top and bottom to the right and the middle to the left.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Nine patch unit complete.  Make 3.  This unit should measure 6-1/2-inches square.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Next, pair up the 4-inch green squares with the 4-inch white squares. Draw sewing lines on the white, 1/4-inch from the diagonal center.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Chain sew on the lines.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Cut apart on the diagonal between the sewing lines.  Make 24 HST units.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Press to the green, and square to 3-1/2-inches. Here’s where we will end up this week, with the bits laid out for the next steps.  One nine-patch unit, eight HSTs and four white 3-1/2-inch white squares.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We’ll continue next week sewing this unit, assembling the runner, and beginning the quilting.  I’ll have a pdf for you then with the whole pattern.  Click HERE for the next step.  Are you going to quilt along?  Or are you working on another Christmas project?

Fat Quarter Shop December Basic of the Month is Riley Blake Ginghams!  Thank you for using my affiliate links!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Gift a Craftsy Class to your best Quilting buddy, or treat yourself!! Sort by price to see the real bargains!  Classes on everything are on sale, quilting, sewing, knitting, longarming, photography, cooking and baking, art, paper crafts, and more!

Online Quilting Class

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Hoem


9 Comments

Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars.  I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread?  As it turned out, it did fine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The red thread looks great on the navy.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

It lets the stars shine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice.  One more close view of the stitching and piecing.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon!  It won’t be long now until I can show you.  I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph.  See the red star print?  It was the perfect choice.  Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games.  It was fun to do this classic and vintage design.  The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.

Classic and Vintage at From My Carolina Home

More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days.  A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon.  On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner.  It will finish in just three weeks.  Then, on December 1st,  Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.

What are you working on now?

Craftsy LogoClick to see the Classes Sale, gift three and get one free!  Great gift idea for your quilting friends!!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home


22 Comments

Nancy’s Quilt and Cyber Monday

The blocks on this pretty quilt were completed by a friend who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Nancy was one of the bravest women I have ever known. I am not sure many could endure what she did, the way she did, with grace and a determination to live her life as normally as possible in spite of the treatments and ugliness of the disease and its ravages.  She was a true inspiration.  When my friend Marti told me that the blocks were assembled into a top, and asked me to quilt it, of course I said yes.  In fact, I told her that I would be mad if she didn’t let me quilt it.  Marti put sashing and cornerstones on the blocks to enlarge it, and it really took on a look of stained glass.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, I know that Marti’s quilts are always flat and square with perfect sashing and borders.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I  also knew right away that a dark purple would be my choice for thread color. Essentials for the top, Auriful for the bobbin.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I picked an interlocking pantograph that had a trefoil design called Wrought Iron by Jodi Beamish for Willow Leaf Designs.  It has two rows on one panto, so I can stitch across twice before advancing the quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She must have liked it as I could almost feel her smiling as I worked with the longarm.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I like the way the thread color lets Nancy’s beautiful blocks shine.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, Murphy’s law struck, and I ran out of bobbin thread in the middle of a row.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I thought this would be a good time to show you how I deal with this. I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘tie off and bury your threads’, and I have to admit I didn’t do this for the longest time. It was too much of a pain. But, I found some needles that thread from the top with just some pressure with the thread tails, and now it is easy. I started here by using my thread snips to gently pull the bobbin thread up to the top. I pull on the top thread, and use the point of the snips to pull the loop of bobbin up again, taking out the stitch.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I work this around until I get into a patterned area where the thread change will be hidden a bit better. If I tie off in the white, this dark thread will show underneath.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Keep going until the thread end is well into the purple fabric. Tie the ends of the top and bobbin thread into a tiny knot. Place the needle at the point of the knot, and push the thread tails on the top of the needle, into the little indentation to thread it.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then pull it through, and cut the tails off at the exit point of the needle, well away from the actual knot.  Putting a little pressure up on the tails, they will then retract behind the fabric when cut.  I couldn’t do that and hold the camera and the snips all at once, so the tails look loose here.  But I actually pull on them as I cut.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Now, with my replaced bobbin, I take two tiny back stitches at the point I left off.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

When I finish the row, I come back to bury the thread tails of the restarted stitching.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Clipping those tails, you really have to look to find the point where the stop and start occurred.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

In the white section (which looks yellow here due to the light from the longarm), you can see the needle holes from the original line of stitching removed.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I just use my fingernail or a toothbrush to close those up.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I put a large corsage pin in the front so I can find that point on the back. I want to be sure that the stitching is good there too.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home<

It is really difficult to see on this patterned backing, so I put some paper on either side, the pin is at the bottom. The stitching line is nicely continuous without any noticeable knots, overstitches, or thread build up. If the backing was plain, this would be really important especially if your quilt is submitted to a show for judging.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Luckily, that was the only bobbin glitch.  After that, there wasn’t a row that ran out of bobbin thread, or had a thread break.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

All done, I love these colors.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Marti plans to send this to a charity event in all our names.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

But to me it will be Nancy’s quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

If you’d like to try those Easy Threading Needles, they are available with my affiliate link at Fat Quarter Shop HERE.  The sales below end in just a few days, on the Basic of the Month, and the Book of the Month.  Just click on the pictures to see the sales.

Fat Quarter Shop's Book of the Month
Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

You can find the needles in a large pack to share with friends at Amazon Self Threading Needle Pack.

Tomorrow is the last day for my Etsy Store Sale, new fabrics, pincushions and stamp sets available!

Cyber Monday deals at Craftsy.

Gift a Craftsy Class to your best Quilting buddy, or treat yourself!!  Classes today are as low as $7.87 !!  Sort by price to see the real bargains!  Classes on everything are on sale, quilting, sewing, knitting, longarming, photography, cooking and baking, art, paper crafts, and more!

Are you sewing or quilting or crafting this lovely Thanksgiving weekend?

 

Sharing

Crazy Mom Quilts


20 Comments

Pinwheel Quilt

This past week, I finished quilting a quilt destined for a family that has lost their home in the California fires in Santa Rosa. I was very happy to be a part of this project pieced by a friend, who knows the woman and her family.  The quilt is a scrappy delight, with pinwheels, four-patches and solid blocks with a colorful border.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

It is a lap size, so wouldn’t take long to finish quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I did fold it up, because I know my friend and her piecing is precision done and the borders are always applied right.  No surprise here, the fold is straight.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a gold to brown variegated thread by King Tut called Sandstorm.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The batting she brought was by Pellon, a polyester batting with a higher loft than I usually use.  I have to say that I did like the nice definition it gave to the quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a pantograph with a feather-like design called “Feelin’ Groovy” by Michelle Wyman for Heart and Soul Quilts.  It has curves and swirls to soften the many angles in the piecing design.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to show you how she did her pinwheel seams, as it greatly reduced the bulk in the corners.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

First of all, she pressed all the seams open.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then she ‘spun’ the point center.  Do this by picking out the few stitches to the edge and pressing the four edges down in four directions.  Do you spin your seams like this?  Ever press seams open?

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

You can see the puffiness in the quilting here from the higher loft batting.  The variegated color of the thread adds a bit of fun and dimension.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Quilting completed.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I hope that the recipient enjoys it, and that her home is restored soon.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

My sincerest wishes go to the families that have lost everything in the terrible fires.  I hope this gift from her friend will help her healing.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and a time to be grateful for our home, family, friends and many blessings.

Craftsy LogoOf course, the holiday frenzy begins this weekend, so I wanted to let you in on a few good deals. I appreciate it when you use my links for your shopping and browsing!

Craftsy is having sale on Quilting Fabrics and Precuts now!  More sales begin tomorrow.

Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends, or better yet, treat yourself with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line. Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads. You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit. If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop. Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

If you use a lot of Best Press, the price per ounce is the cheapest by the gallon, plus it will qualify for free shipping. Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size. Get the Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors while you are there. Thank you for using my links!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Sharing

Let’s Bee Social

Crazy Mom Quilts