This week I finally stopped moaning and groaning about the unquilted quilt tops. Can you believe they just were not responding, not basting and quilting themselves? I gave in, basted my blue Kyoto Gardens and started quilting.
Let’s not count up how many hours I’ve spent so far. I have quilted in the ditch along the long border seams (but not the designs I’ll be adding in the borders) and some straight lines in the ditch in the sashing. I still have to stitch in the ditch along the inside white parts of the sashing. This was all done with my trusty walking foot.
At about 10:30 pm I decided I needed a bit of encouragement to keep going. Stitch in the ditch is pretty well hidden and I wanted to see some designs so I switched to the free-motion foot to work on a block.
This is when my freemotion presser foot and I reached an agreement. It is happy to assist me with curved lines. It will stretch to accommodate stitching in the ditch in matching thread, where wobbles are camouflaged. It will, however, refer me to its friend (and mine) the walking foot when I insist on wanting straight even quilting lines that line up at a very particular spot. This of course means that I agree to wrestle the quilt into position to get it oriented just so for the walking foot. Wavy wobbly lines with uneven stitches would just show up too much in these white spaces with this design so I’ll do it.
I suppose I could just have decided to quilt this differently, without the need for well-behaved, even lines but I’m not sure that would have helped much anyway. I don’t have a large surface level with the machine, I don’t have the budget to buy a cabinet, and I don’t have storage to store a large makeshift extension between uses. That means that a large quilt gets easily snagged on the corners of my short extension table, which causes jags and uneven stitches as the quilt gets caught or uncaught. I think I grind my teeth less maneuvering the quilt under the walking foot than dealing with the random but frequent aggravations of the snags. Until and unless I get set up better, I’ll save the freemotion for smaller projects or borders.
So for now, Freemotion, Walking and I are all agreed on who does what and the quilt will finally get done.