Back in August of 2014 I started a signature quilt. (see that post here https://timquilts.com/2014/08/15/signature-block-piecing/)
and here is another old post about signature blocks from 2011 https://timquilts.com/2011/05/05/signature-blocks/
Here is the top that I finished in Sept of 2014
I decided that it needed to be finished so I added borders and then (I don’t know why) decided to try to machine quilt it, which for a hand quilter is unusual. There is a school of thought that says “better done than perfect” but that was really not the reasoning here. I did want to finish it but I also wanted to give my treadle machine a try. I found a copy of the original manual for the machine and there was a short section about machine quilting and since reading it I have wondered how that would go.
here is the machine
Well I learned that it can be done….but I also learned that with this machine and the feet that I have, it really in not the best choice. The Free machines have feet that attach to the machine differently than Singers. That being the case I have not been able to locate a walking foot that will fit the machine. Here is how the feet attach for this machine. (the machines listed all had this style but have all changed for the newer models)
I have been unable to locate a walking foot or a darning/free motion foot that attaches this way. I am still looking ….there are many available for the side clamping machines .
So lacking a walking foot or a quilting foot and not being able to lower the feed dogs (they can be covered or removed) makes for a challenging quilting experience. It was hard! really hard!! I used the foot the manual for the machine said to use but the result was much less than perfect. There is no reason that a treadle machine wouldn’t be a good machine to do machine quilting as long as you can find the right feet to do the job correctly. I will try it again when I find the right foot or figure how to modify one to fit the machine.
I think I’ll mainly stick to hand quilting but it was good to try ….. next time I might try the Singer 301…..I have the correct feet for that and it might be fun.
Here is the quilt
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