or rather – lets get that Bailey Home Quilter on the rails again.
Yesterday, I set up my quilting frame downstairs, and unwrapped my Bailey 13″ Home Quilter. Would you believe that it was last SEPTEMBER when it was packed away – before our aborted move back to Canada? I feel the withdrawal pains again, just thinking about it. And yet, we’ve had our shipment here since the end of march – and I’m only setting up now. Now, the guilt feelings start to pile on. I’ve had a hard time feeling settled and organized here, and I’m still thinking of other places to stash some of the furniture etc. that is also inhabiting the basement room with my frame.
I just took a good look at the calendar, and WOW!.. it’s only 17 days until we leave for Canada – take away company from the 23rd – gives me two weeks to get this quilt for my granddaughter finished and ready to travel – and I’d really like it finished for the quilt meeting on the 21st of June. I guess that bit of reality was what really lit the fire under me.
Today, I set up the machine and put on an old practice piece I’ve used earlier. It’s not great material, but works for practice. It has its own leaders on it so I can just stick it on whenever I want to try something out. Over 8 months……will I remember anything at all? I have green thread already in the bobbin, so the pink I’ll use on the baby quilt will contrast and show if I have the tension balanced or not. I have a problem with stops and direction changes creating knots of bottom thread on the top of the quilt – so when I actually do the quilting, I’ll make sure top and bottom threads match to minimize the problem. I’d really like to have a better solution, but I think that the Bailey is just a bit slow in responding to changes – or may be I need to move even slower than I do, although I’m no speed demon. Needle threaded – bobbin thread up – ready, go! Swirls first, and then meandering feathers. A bit jerky, but pretty soon I’m beginning to retrace lines with a modicum of accuracy. I installed the ruler foot and got out my little 6 inch quilting ruler, and tried some straight line….. it’s difficult to remember NOT to press hard on the ruler, or you just keep the machine from moving freely. I need to practice this a lot, but I think I’ll remember. I’ll be stitching-in-the-ditch to make sure the quilt is straight (keep straight lines straight, Marline Turner emphasized).