There was something beautiful about the way this border fabric absorbed the Baptist Fan design. I just had to try to capture it in the afternoon light.
The Hobbs 100% natural cotton batting laid so nice and flat, and still showed the definition of the quilting:
The tension on the baskets quilt was perfect throughout. Madeira Polyneon loves Aurifil 40 wt. cotton in the bobbin.
That was yesterday.
But today the tension was not perfect. I used Aurifil 40 wt. cotton in the top and bobbin and struggled all day with tight stitches. And loops. Many areas had to be ripped out and requilted. Since the thread was from Alex's shipment, I emailed him with the feedback about it because he asked me to. I still love my Aurifil thread. I will always use it. I do, however, wonder how people can claim that it has the lowest amount of lint. This is after only 2 passes on the pantograph:
But really, I do not think that today's problems had anything to do with the thread. It's just the on-going saga of a defective machine. And of a longarm quilter who is stuck in a remote location, not important enough to summon the Gammill troops.
So, today's charity quilt will close a long chapter of my Common Quilts blogging adventure:
It's been a fun ride! I've enjoyed yapping about the ups and downs of this wonderful job I have. I've loved photographing and trying to explain all of the techniques I've tried. I've loved sharing my customer quilts with everyone.
I've enjoyed sharing my trials and victories. Being alone in my studio with a quilt triggers my 20,000 words-per-day quota. The words and ideas and colors and designs have swirled around and needed a place to go.
So I've blogged...
But today I realized that the stories are finally all the same. Good tension - bad tension. Good fixes - bad fixes. Good ideas - bad ideas. Good machine - bad machine. Quilting - unquilting.
Despite being snubbed by the Gammill folks, I will never forget the help I received last year from Nick at Rocky Mountain Quilters. He called me on his own time, walking me through every possible step he could think of to help my vibration problems and my tension problems. All were futile, of course. But miles away on the end of a phone, I could hear the sweet sound of his little baby girl welcoming him home from work. What kind of guy does that? And with such kindness and grace? Nick, of Rocky Mountain Quilters. Thank you, Nick.
And Alex Veronelli of Aurifil... the man who changed my hit counter for ever. In one 5-hour period my little blog received 822 hits. While that may be normal for the Big Girl blogs, mine usually only sees between 9 and 39 hits in any 24-hour period. He encouraged 14 more fellow quilters to follow my blog. The ensuing emails kept me on my toes, and I loved feeling useful. Thank you, Alex.
I've enjoyed the ever-encouraging comments on my blog. Every comment has been a treasure to me because I know how busy everyone is, and how many wonderful quilting blogs are out there. So for you to take the time to chime in here and encourage me has meant the world to me.
And finally, thank you to all of my wonderful customers! Your quilts have been the inspiration of my blog. Thanks for letting me broadcast your masterpieces in front of the whole world - and letting me do whatever I want on them! I look forward to more and more quilts this summer and beyond. You're the most prolific quilters in the world, I'm convinced. So now you'll have to listen to my 20,000 words-per-day quota about your quilts at the Guild meetings, instead of in the quiet of your own home in front of your computers - in your jammies.