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Thread: Finished my OBW

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    Senior Member hulahoop1's Avatar
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    This quilt just about got the best of me. I didn't have enough fabric the first time around so it went in the UFO pile. Found more of the same fabric and brought the project out of the closet. Then I had it on the design wall only to have the tradewinds knock it over and send pieces flying all over.

    Then I got the darn thing on the frame a couple of weeks ago. I managed to quilt a couple of rows and then things went to heck in a handbasket! The top thread started shredding and breaking every 12 inches or so.

    I spent three weeks troubleshooting the sewing machine. I have rethreaded that sewing machine until I can do it blindfolded. I've cleaned and recleaned it, oiled it, taken it apart and put it back together. I've tried a myriad of tension settings until I found one that worked. I changed out the needle 4 times and then thinking I got a bad spool of thread, I ordered a new one only to find out that the new spool shredded as badly as the original! Every time I tried something and it didn't work, I'd have to walk away for awhile, do some more research, and then try something else.

    What was really confusing was that the sewing machine would work perfectly when I took it off the frame and tested it on a table (and I tried that several times). It just didn't make sense! After researching the problem on the internet, the only thing left was to change the BRAND of needles and I had several packages of Schmetz QUILTING needles, size 100/14, in my Bernina. I put one of those on and finished the quilt in 3 hours without any more broken thread!

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    Very nice. love the colors.

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    Well worth all the drama....for a quilt that put you through such a lot, it looks very calm and restful. I love it.

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    Beautiful quilt! This will be a quilt you will remember forever!

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    Aren't you proud you stuck with it? It turned out
    beautifully. Good job.

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    This is a beautiful quilt and I love the story of how it came into being (smile). Thank you for sharing.

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    Oh Wow, so pretty.

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    I was smiling as I read. The quilt is just beautiful. Hope you are enjoying it!

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    Pretty!

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    Very nice! U did a great job! Even if u do have a couple bald spots!!

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    Pretty quilt - love the colors.

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    It was definitely worth the troubles and effort. It's lovely! :thumbup:

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    Absolutely worth the trouble what an elegant quilt! Re the Schmetz, I only use those and Superior thread or YLI to piece. I was very lucky when I got my Janome that a good friend had one already and she filled me in on the best needles, thread, feet, tension setting etc etc (although the latter do differ slightly between our machines) so my learning curve was significantly shortened!

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    perseverance
    noun
    1 steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

    You should be proud. Amazing quilt, love the quilting too.

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    Gorgeous quilt! I just love your ribbon quilting.

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    Very nice! And I love the quilting, even if it was a pain in the er, um, neck! LOL

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    your perseverance certainly paid off, it's lovely :-D

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    A story with a happy and beautiful ending! Gotta love those tradewinds let alone a machine that gives you a hard time!

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    Very nice!

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    Nice quilt & you whipped it :)

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    Beautiful quilt and definitely worth the effort. Thanks for sharing.

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    Hip Hip Hooray for finishing. It is a beautiful OBW. Glad you stuck with it.

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    Beautiful quilt!!

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    It's gorgeous. Glad to know others have 'trials and tribulations' on their journeys through quiltdom.

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    Just beautiful and lots of work. I am glad you got it finished.
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