The quilting is done. The Birds in the Air quilt, to be known as “Liftoff” from now on (thanks P.!) is quilted. I am finished with it. Mom takes over from here to trim and bind it. She doesn’t like the look of machine binding, so she’s looking at a good 8 to 10 hours of hand sewing.
Do I love the quilting on it? No. Not really. I learned a lot, though:
- The most important thing I learned was to think about where your needle will go in relation to seams. My “simple” idea turned out to be a pain in the butt and there are a few visible quilting lines where I don’t want them to be seen.
- I learned (remember, this is the first quilt with this new machine) that just because you CAN wind a bobbin while you’re quilting, doesn’t mean you should. Especially if the bobbin winds unevenly without supervision.
- I also learned that, if you are winding bobbins when you are not quilting, you MUST remove the bobbin case and unthread the machine at least as far as the little upper-downer thingie. If you do not, you will get a bird’s nest (pun intended) of thread in and around the bobbin area that takes approximately 15 minutes to remove. Each time. You’d think I’d learn after the third one.
- Finally, I learned that standing so long causes my piriformis muscle (deep inside the hip) to tighten, which leads to compression of the sciatic nerve, which means my outer left thigh is completely numb. Time to go stretch…