Monday, September 5, 2011

Design Wall Monday–September 5, 2011

“We have a problem, Houston” or “What’s wrong with this quilting”?

I still have the same quilt “Sunset in Seal Beach” hanging on my design wall.  I keep taking it down, working on the quilting and putting it back up.  Everything was going along fine and then all of a sudden I’m getting “toe catcher” stitches. 


The straight stitching is just fine.


It’s the swirls that are giving me a major headache and for that matter heartache.  Here’s a shot of the front and then the back.  If you look closely, you can see that the needle is going in and out of the fabric, it’s just not getting caught by the bobbin thread.



I talked to my friend Pat B. (the best domestic machine quilter I know) and she gave me some suggestions to try.  So this morning I’m back at it.  Her number one recommendation (and hopefully the solution) is to slow down, particularly on the curves.  She says the tendency is to speed up as we sew the curve and I’m thinking she’s right.  The second issue isn’t as easy to fix.  The top fabric is a batik and I guess that has some build in issues.  Keep your fingers crossed for me. 




  1. Hi Robin,
    That is an AMAZING quilt, hope you get that fixed (grinning) will of course! All your quilts are so beautiful!!!


  2. What a beautiful quilt! Hope you figured out the stitch issue. Slow and steady....

  3. I love the blue batik in this -- what a pretty, pretty piece! Worth the extra effort! :)

  4. I feel your pain! Good on!

  5. Oh, good luck. Keep at it. I had one this spring that my machine REFUSED to quilt without skipping stitches like that. It drove me insane! Love the quilt!

  6. Wanna try a "sharp" larger needle? Even a jeans/denim needle? I am not a quilter, but a "sewer." It will be worth it - to have the sunset IN your house 24/7!

  7. Gosh I hate when that happens. That totally sucks. Hope you find a great new machine.


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