Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday... I've been following WIP over at Freshly Pieced for a while now, and today is the day I'm going to join the party. I figure it'll be a good way of keeping tabs on myself and the progress I'm making.

I don't have all my "works in progress" out to photograph at the moment, but there are a few (read a lot!) of them. Quilts, cushions, bibs, burp goes on and on. 

My primary WIP for this week is a lovely memory quilt for a sweet boy called Benjamin...and one for his brother Adam. 

Please excuse the train track and shoes in this shot!

I basted Ben's quilt on Monday and started quilting when this happened! 

I have a new needle, a clean machine and my walking foot...some stitches are perfect (on the right), while others are teeny tiny! I don't know why! If anybody can help I would appreciate the advice!

So I've unpicked the offending line of quilting and am going to have another go later! Just straight lines, nothing too stressful.

Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck. I have no advice but wanted to say your block is beautiful.

  2. I've had this happen before. I think it's due to drag on the underside of the quilt but since you're already using a walking foot, I'm not sure. I've heard of some people using something on their table to make a quilt slide better when quilting. There's a product called "supreme slider" but it's rather pricey and I know other quilters have come up with innovative alternatives, but I don't remember what they are. Glad you decided to join the link party!

  3. I have no idea why your stitchs are not even, but I love this quilt top. Simple but effective.

  4. This has happened to me when I have particularly bulky seams--I've had to sort of muscle the quilt through to keep the stitch length even. It doesn't look like this quilt would have bulky seams but I do know there are some sort of gloves with a tacky surface that some quilters wear to keep the quilt moving evenly as you stitch. Maybe these would help? The quilt top is great! I love the plaids with the white and the creative piecing!

  5. I find that the stitches become shorter if the rolled-up quilt pushes against the wall behind the sewing machine. I guess the pushing is more powerful than the advancing feed dogs so quilt can't move far enough under the needle to take the regular stitch length. I pull the sewing table as far out from the wall as I can, and if necessary I fold the rolled quilt over so it won't push against the wall. Hope this helps!

  6. Great quilt top! I've only had this happen when piecing (over bulky seams like brigitgail) so I can't offer any new advice. Anyway, I hope you figure out this stitch length snafu, good luck ^_^

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