June 22, 2011 § 12 Comments
While caught up in the spirit of the Summer Circus of Finishing, I started quilting my 4-Letter Words quilt. I think this quilt is asking/needs to be a combination of both hand quilting and machine quilting.
I started by machine quilting “in the ditch” between each row with my fairly new Janome Horizon. I haven’t used this machine much because
a) I love my Brother for piecing and
b) There is not enough space in my sewing room for more than one machine set up AND the ironing board all at the same time. Something always has to be taken down and put aside and
c) I’m not a big fan of all the computerized bells & whistles on sewing machines these days. Fortunately, the Janome has less that is computerized than many others. And sometimes I just need to make a buttonhole or sew a zig zag stitch.
WELL…. I was so very pleasantly surprised by how much I like the built-in AcuFeed system that works like a walking foot on other machines. In fact, it fed the fabric so much better than my Brother! And I love my Brother! I can’t wait to see how the Janome does free-motion quilting.
Currently, I’m hand stitching around each word with Red Aurifil 12 weight thread. I wish more quilt shops carried a greater variety of this thread! I love this thread!! Then, when I’ve finished stitching around each word I plan on going back to each row and finish machine quilting it one by one while at the same time determining if anything else needs embellishing.
What are you finishing, or working on finishing, this week?