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Thread: Jelly Roll Race Finished!

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    Jelly Roll Race Finished!

    I finally finished this today after having it in progress for several years now. It is one of my first quilts and it was put away for a long time because my teacher moved. I pulled it out a few weeks ago and decided it would be my first quilt to finish with free motion quilting. I'm extremely pleased with the results. I struggled getting the quilting done because I quilted the first 1/3 of it just fine and then I started having thread break after thread break. I cleaned, re-threaded a hundred times, bought new needles, tried silicone spray on the top and thread. I finally bought Aurifil thread in a matching color. It took the combination of the spray, thread and needles to make it work. The batiks on this quilt were woven so tightly it was giving me fits. I can't tell you how very thrilled I am that it is finished and I am so happy to share it.
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    Bravo! You did a good job on it!

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    ​Well done!

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    very nicely done
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    very nice! bravo for persevering the result is really worth it.

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    Congrats on a great finish with your quilt. It is amazing what we learn from our first quilt. Glad you could get the problems solved.

    What size/type needle finally worked? I've heard mention of a Top-stitch 90/14 needle.

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    It's perfect to welcome Spring--nice job!

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    Beautiful fabrics and very nice quilting. Love the backing too, just gorgeous.

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    Pretty quilt and very well done meandering!

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    So pretty, and your quilting looks great.

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    Really nice work. I love it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Congrats on a great finish with your quilt. It is amazing what we learn from our first quilt. Glad you could get the problems solved.

    What size/type needle finally worked? I've heard mention of a Top-stitch 90/14 needle.
    It ended up being a 90/14 Microtex needle. I tried a topstitch needle but it didn’t do the trick for me.

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    Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouragement!

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    I have only done one of these.

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    The border is lovely and really showcases the “race”.
    'Tacky' does not necessarily refer to the quality of adhesiveness.

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    Turned out very pretty.
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    Very pretty quilt and you did a wonderful job on it. Yeah!! A finished quilt.

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    Very nice.

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    That is fantastic. Love the batiks and your FMQing is great for your first attempt on a whole quilt given your troubles. Great job. It must feel great to have accomplished this.
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    Now on to the next one!!! Good job on the FMQ.

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    Very pretty quilt and quilting. Glad you didn't give up on it!

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    Very impressed with your FMQ. I just haven’t got the hang of it yet. Thanks for sharing.

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    What wonderful spacing you got on your FMQ - doesn't look at all like my first effort!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Yippee! It is so pretty all finished up and ready to use. Great job on your first quilting. I am sorry it was such a hard job to finish for you, but, you did it!
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    Thank you all for the compliments on the FMQ. I did a lot of practicing on scrap sandwiches that did Not look nearly as nice before I finally found the rhythm. I also watched a lot of Angela Walters videos before biting the proverbial bullet. She says many times that nobody ever became a better quilter by ripping out stitches and a finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt top.
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