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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thoughts on My Return to Quilting

I've made several quilts since the first of the year.  Now I have the feeling like the pieces of my life are finally back in place. I had forgotten how good it feels to be creative and productive.  Spending time at my sewing machine is so relaxing.

I thought I'd tell you what I have had to relearn:
  • It's good to rest your eyes and all your muscles every hour or two.
  • I have had to change the thread in the bobbin to match the thread used in the top of the machine. This is a basic fact that I had forgotten.
  • After filling a bobbin with The Bottom Line, there was nothing I could do to get a balanced stitch.  It turns out, the two halves of the bobbin were cracking apart, and no longer fit in the bobbin case. This was a mess!
  • Because of all the straight lines between the triangles, I used my built in even feed foot to quilt in the ditch with monofilament in the top and bobbin.  Wow, this was really slick.
Something new, I used the new large clear plastic disc on my darning foot.  This was a great help when free-motion quilting around all the lumpy seams.  I've had this piece for years, but never used it. See the photo in this old blog about darning feet. 
Stripes and Triangles, a quilt by Ann Fahl, 51 x 52 inches
A more detailed description and more photos of the above quilt is on my website

Happy Quilting to you.
  Ann Fahl

4 comments:

Robbie said...

So glad to see you back "at it" Ann!! You are an inspiration to many...

Joan said...

Ann, you have always amazed me and inspired me, so I'm overjoyed that you're back to quilting and hopefully more blogging. I have sincerely missed you. Joan from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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