I am trying to get the twin quilts done before they go off to college, and I am having another FMQ issue. Why? Why does this keep happening? Every time I go to free motion a project I feel like I am starting from scratch and just learning all over again.
I have tried switching needles. I had success on Gracie's quilt with a machine embroidery needle, but not this time. A topstitch needle has increased the length of time I can quilt before the thread frays and snaps again, but doesn't solve the whole problem. I'm using the thread that I finally had good luck with on that quilt (Gutermann machine embroidery rayon), and have bought a different kind to try out (Gutermann all sewing poly). We'll see.
I can't say that this did any good, nor did any bits come out when I tried it. But I still think it's a good idea.
Little by little, inch by inch, I'm getting it done. I just hate that it's taking so long. I hate all the little stops and starts that I know the boys and their mama will never notice...but I notice. And I hate that something I love - free motion quilting - has turned into such a struggle and a chore.
This is one of the blocks I'm happiest with. I tried to do a swirly, spiral meandering pattern to echo the turning of the propellers. I'm still contemplating that border. It's not that wide, and I'm thinking of not quilting it at all just so I can be done. But it's crying out for something cute there.