I have had repeated problems recently with thread tension, while FMQ. During a recent quilt, featured in my last post, Finish it up Friday, I broke the thread over a dozen times. A quick online search gave many troubleshooting ideas for my Juki, which I followed, but which didn’t work. Fortunately, I live a 3 minute drive from an excellent quilt shop, Sarah’s Thimble, where Sarah herself adjusted my bobbin for me. I now have the most excellent tension for FMQ, and have spent yesterday and today quilting just about half of a queen size quilt, with the loveliest pattern. Here is my progress so far.
The fabrics are bright and bold. It is my first attempt at FMQ with contrasting thread. I am using a butter colored Aurifil, at Sarah’s recommendation. I think it goes well with all the fabrics in my quilt, from the gold to the purple, and from the green, to the prints.
There is also a small amount of bright blue and dark purple accents as well. There is a beautiful pieced off center panel, not visible in the photos, yet to be quilted. The back is a wonderfully delicate peacock print on an off white/cream ground.The backing fabric is visible here:
I’ve been putting off quilting this one, even though I have had it pieced for a while. I was just a little nervous about committing to quilting such a large area with the contrasting thread. I was encouraged by the very straightforward FMQ instructions Christina Cameli’s book, “Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting” This pattern is called “Flourish.” I think that I have gotten the hang of the motif shape, but not always how to move from one motif to the next as smoothly as she has shown. I can already tell I’m going to get lots of practice with this project, since most of the quilt will have this pattern.