Another quilt is finished! My customer tells me that the name of this quilt pattern is "Sausalito". I love the colors. It was a large quilt, and I had originally thought the pantograph would take a long time to stitch out. But instead it was surprisingly productive - as well as enjoyable to execute.
Using Aurifil 40 wt. cotton in the top and the bobbin proved to be the winning combination for good tension. I used a 4.0 needle and set my SPI to 9. About a quarter-inch of the metal stem was protruding from the white rotary tension assembly - I don't know how else to describe that! Needless to say, that's a bit tighter than I usually run the top thread. But it worked for me and for this quilt. This week.
I still had to give a slight discount however because the first 2 rows had unsatisfactory tension (in my opinion). Thankfully, I only had to pick out a few areas that were unacceptable instead of the entire 2 rows. The back looks so pretty with the khaki fabric and the leafy fans, accentuated by the Hobbs 80/20 batting:
Next up is this Bali Pop quilt that is awaiting a shipment of new batting. I'm going to use Hobbs 100% natural cotton (with scrim) in this one. I am also going to try a different quilt design idea from the front of my machine. Different for me, anyway! When I load it on the rack lengthwise I want to do straight lines all the way down the piecing. Except in the yellow rectangles. In those I want to put 3 small circles. The idea is still in infancy.
In the meantime I'll spend the rest of my work day finishing up my own unfinished quilt projects while it is pouring rain outside.