I am starting to warm up to quilting on the frame. It is so different from using a hoop. On a hoop I can twist and turn the hoop to orient it the way I want, I quilt in only one direction (away from me). On the frame I have to adapt to not being able to turn. I find that I am getting a bit better at it as I go.
For this quilt (the first one I have done in a frame) I start at the left and quilt an arc to the right, I then go back and add more rows of arcs below that….the pattern is often called “Baptist Fan”, or Elbow Quilting. Many people carefully measure and mark these arcs but I am just doing it by eye and making them less than perfect or uniform. The quilt top itself is very irregular and scrappy and I think that it calls for the same treatment in the quilting.
Here is an example of some of the quilting, you can see that there are a few arcs quilted in and I will now go back and add the additional arcs below.
I have been trying to use up some Roxanne needles size # 10, and it is just not worth it to me….yesterday I bent 3 of them beyond usability in less than an hour.
Every time I try to use these I bend them!
I am going to switch to Bohin #9 and see how that goes. ( I have had good luck with these)
# 9 needles are rather large…I use a #11 John James for whole cloth quilting, but this quilt top has so many seams to quilt through that I feel a larger needle will help.
I am using Coats Cotton thread ( I always have this kind on hand and it is available locally….but I hate the blend, on the green spool, always go for the cotton on the pink spool)
I had a piece of wool batting that was leftover but large enough for this top so that is what I am using.
It is a learning experience for me and I don’t think I will use the frame for every quilt, but for simple quilting like this I think I am going to like it.
Teddy is warming up to it as well and is interested in seeing the progress
Here are some progress pictures (click to enlarge)