To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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8 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

  1. The Alpine quilt looks fantastic! You have so much more patience than I do for FMQ. I would have given up the first 10 minutes, ripped out the stitches and busted out the walking foot. I love what I am seeing- the quilting looks divine! And that binding- PERFECTION. Your cross stitches are really tempting me to find my abandoned Halloween project and finish it; but since it would probably be January before I completed it, I think I’ll just wait until next year. Now, hurry up and finish binding that gorgeous quilt so you can link up with me for TGIFF this Friday! 😎

    1. Thank you! If this had been happening with the Churn Dash quilt, I probably would have done exactly that! I was so determined to make this work because I love this quilt so much. I think it’s going to become my favorite! And, how crazy is it that I’m considering making another with different fabrics?! I am pretty sure I squealed out loud when I saw your blog title. I am definitely linking up this week; I am so glad I will have a finish!!!

  2. Your quilt is amazing! Sorry about the struggles, but so glad you figured you had some room to play with the pressure foot to at least relieve one problem. Good to know for future projects too. That binding does look prrrrrefect! (LOL Makes me wish I had taken such a cute snap shot of my striped binding!) Cross stitch! Look’n good!

    I still have plans to make some Christmas tree skirts. I bought fabric for some pumpkins, but have not even started them. Time keeps ticking to fast!

    1. Thanks! I guess I had it too easy with the quilting machine for a while… It needed to challenge me. Haha! I am still so in love with this binding fabric. The whole quilt makes me so happy. I can’t wait to see your holiday sewing! And you’re right, time is going by way too fast!

  3. GAH! That binding! Perfection! I seriously have not looked forward to seeing a completed quilt this much in AGES! I am not sure what the West side of the state is, but over here on the East side, we are finally cooling off and have had rain! Such a nice change from the scorching Fall we have had so far!

    1. I am as equally excited about this quilt! It sure makes up for my humdrum fee! ling for the last quilt! My sister in law said that it’s finally cooling down in Salem and I think it started to rain there as well. They are feeling relieved to be getting cooler weather too!

  4. This quilt is my favorite!! I love the colors!! As for the shredded thread? That’s the precise reason my sewing machine is in the closet. Cooking and photography is easier.
    Beautiful work!

    1. It’s my favorite too! I am loving it so much! The shredded thread thing… Ugh! All I can say is sewing machines can be finicky and need lots of TLC. And I can understand not everyone loves sewing enough to mess with making a sewing machine happy! Hahaha!

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