It took me a few days to gird myself up with enough courage to tackle quilting the charm squares after I pinned it. No question at all, it's the biggest quilt I've ever done.
I started off with thoroughly cleaning out my machine. Get lint out of the bobbin area, oil it, new needle, wind up 8 bobbins. Hope I have enough thread!
If I haven't free-motioned in a while, I'll go for a little test run on a quilted scrap that I've had for at least a year. Just get some fabric you don't love, slap it together with some batting and jump start your free-motioning.
The tension was spot on this time, but you can see where I had some serious fights with my tension in the past. Naughty machine! :)
Here's the plan for the quilting. Broken up into 4 sections, meandering all throughout.
At the very most, I would be cramming 49 inches of quilt into the throat space of my machine. Sounds doable!
I did mention that I have a throat space of 7.75 inches, right?
I'd say it's crammed pretty good there. The batting was so fluffy and fully of air before it was quilted. I know some people suggest using clips to help hold the roll, but I haven't had much luck with the ones I bought from JoAnn's.
Before I start quilting, I try to remember to check the backing fabric. Too many times I didn't take a few seconds to make sure it was flat, and then much later I would discover that it folded over and I would have to get real friendly with my seam ripper.
The start is looking good. I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.
I marked the center of the quilt with a pin at the intersection, so I would know how far down I needed to quilt the quadrant I was working on.
Each quadrant takes 4.5 bobbins! So I expect 18 or 19 bobbins just for the quilting. Also, each section takes three hours to quilt. I found out that my butt can only handle 1.5 hours of sitting at a time. :)
The first quarter done! I couldn't believe how the quilting squished the batting into thinness.
I was also tickled pink that I didn't get any puckers!! Doesn't matter, if there was a pucker, it'd be there to stay.
I'm really not friendly with straight pins or seam rippers! ;)