Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Such Plans...

Oh I had such plans for this week but....it's not looking good at this point! Here we go! Yesterday was spent cleaning the house and doing the grocery shopping for the next two weeks. I got all of that taken care of yesterday so that I could have the rest of the week to finish up some quilting. So my plans were...

Tuesday...quilt large T-shirt quilt for client. I wanted to get it all quilted and off the frame today so that this evening I could sew the binding on by machine and work on the handwork over the next few evenings.

Wednesday...quilt Musical quilt for client. Get it all quilted with music notes and off the frame. Sew the binding on during the evening and work on the handwork over the next few evenings.

Thursday...finish bindings if needed and load 3rd quilt which is one of mine and start the quilting. This quilt needs to be completed quickly too.

Friday...deliver client quilts back to her and finish quilting on my quilt. And have the binding finished by Saturday morning and delivered.

I know I was pushing it anyway but at this point things are NOT looking good!

I started quilting the T-shirt quilt at 7:30am, it is now 4:20pm and I am still on my second pass with the machine!! :( The client did a wonderful job piecing the top and that is not the problem, it is just everything else. This is the first T-shirt quilt that I have ever quilted so some of it may just be me. Here is a sneak peak of the quilt...

This lady likes high loft poly batting, I really don't have a problem with quilting with that but I thought that might have been part of my problem today. Everything quilted great on the bottom border, not a problem at all until I started my second pass and hit the T-shirts. I started having skips and top thread breaks constantly. When I say constantly I mean like every 2-4 inches! So I changed threads, changed needles, and adjusted tension, none of that worked. So at this point I decided to pick all of this out and change the batting. I switched to a cotton batting again quilted great in the border and started doing the same thing again in the T-shirt area. Not hardly as bad as with the poly batting but still bad enough that I wanted to cry! :(

Never had the first problem with the bobbin until this...


Not even sure what happened there unless it was just messed up from all of the top thread breaks that I was having. So at this point I just stopped for the day! And I realize that my goal for the week probably will not be met at all.


I just put supper on and I'm hoping that I can settle down for the evening and relax before trying all of this again tomorrow. BTW...we are having fried chicken breast, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and good ole fashioned buttermilk cornbread and of course chocolate pie for dessert. Mmmmmm.....


Richard and Andrew both had to go pick up their books for the Fall semester. Both going to different colleges. Richard is going here in KY and has about a 45-60 minute drive. His college has 3 different campus sites. Sometimes he has to go to a different campus for a class or two. Andrew is going t college in Ohio and has a couple of hours drive. He left earlier to get his books and just called to say that he got them and is heading back.


All for now, have to turn my chicken over before it burns!


Kristie


10 comments:

Texan said...

So frustrating! Hope it goes better on the next try.

Janet O. said...

Wow, I wonder if my longarm quilter is having this problem with the t-shirt quilt she is doing for me right now. I know she has had it on the machine for a couple of weeks (I told her it is not a rush job--she won't do those in the summer. She wants to have time with her family when they are out of school. Smart woman.) I hope you get it working smoothly before you do something desperate, like scream and cry and slam doors. : )
Dinner sounds yummy, what time is it served?

Kelli said...

That sounds like wonderful comfort food for dinner after the day you had on your machine! Hope it all goes better for you tomorrow. :)

Leah S said...

Haven't used this before, but maybe bobbin washers would help?

http://www.daystyledesigns.com/magicgeniewashers.htm

Libby said...

WoW! What a day! I have never made or quilted a t-shirt quilt. We used to do a t=shirt class at our LQS. Did she use any interfacing on the blocks? Maybe that is what is causing the thread problems?

Your supper sounds wonderful!! How about bringing me the leftovers;)

Me and My Stitches said...

How frustrating! Hope you get it figured out soon and can get all of your goals accomplished this week.

Yvette said...

I have heard that those T-shirt quilts are hard to make and quilt. Good luck!! Maybe you can find some tips online.

Rhonda J. said...

Have you tried a "ball point" needle for the t-shirt knit? Just a thought. I have heard they are a hard to quilt.

jillquilts said...

Woo hoo on the college! I bet both of the guys are excited! So sorry about the quilting issues. I haven't quilted in so long... I can't even imagine the issues that I might end up with. UGH!

Kentucky Granny said...

How about a needlecase? I made a paper pieced one for myself and really love it. I keep my hand sewing needles in it. I can sene you the pattern if you want to try paper piecing.

Jeanette