Monday, February 15, 2010

Stippling Woes

I gave it my best effort…2 hours worth of sewing, ripping out large amounts of stippling, playing with tensions, rinse and repeat.  I told myself to not be a perfectionist about stippling and I was pretty happy with my work until I peaked at the reverse side.  My tension was way out of whack! 

First, it was too tight on the back.  I used 2 different colors of thread which I shortly decided was a bad idea.  After adjusting the tension to what I thought worked well, at least on my scrap piece, I ended up with the thread being really loose on the back.  Grrr!  Needless to say after I tore it all out a total of three times, I ended up straight line quilting the table runner.

Any advice regarding tensions would be really helpful!  I think I’ll whip up some pot holders for practice.

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In other non-quilty news, there is a lot of snow on the ground from the snow storms last week and the week before.  The supermarket was out of eggs this weekend due to the storms and there were signs posted in the produce section indicating prices would be increasing and that supplies would be low.  I’m a little nervous about it to say the least. 

A picture of our snow covered street the day after the last storm:

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3 comments:

Christine said...

I'm sorry to hear about your stippling woes. I've tried it a few times and it always ends that way for me. Oh well! Your runner came out great with the straight quilting. Isn't this snow crazy? I couldn't believe we got more today. :) Christine

a little bit biased said...

Oh, I'm sorry. That does NOT sound fun. I can't offer much advice since I don't usually do my own quilting, but I would definitely do some practice pieces until it looked right, check your users manual and if all else fails, you may need to get your machine serviced. The piecing looks really beautiful. I love those colors and fabrics!

Jackie said...

That is so frustrating. My mom is an awesome stippling quilter, but I have never tried it. Just one of those things I think would really frustrate me. But if she has any tips I'll pass them on!!