Friday, September 7, 2012

Quilting and needles

Today I finally decided to start quilting the stitchery quilt.
I have spent more than half the day quilting and now it feels like that is enough for today! When I decide on quilting, I can sit the entire day, but of course with many (coffee) breaks in between. :) Now I have yet to decide on how to - if? - quilt the stitchery blocks... 
 
 
I started out with SCHMETZ Quilting needle 90/14, but by experience I knew it wouldn't work as it should. I'm using Superior Threads King Tut #40/3 and Masterpiece 50/3 for the bobbin. Superior Threads recommends needle 90/14, but it seems to me the needle is too thick? For this quilt I'm using Quilter's Dream batting and flannel backing.
Every time I have used needle #90/14, it skips some stitches - and (of course) that happened today too...
Do you see the long stitch? That is what happens... :( This was the 3rd or 4th time I had to unpick - far from happy about that! :(
I changed the needle to GROZ-BECKERT #75/11, which does not cause any skipped stitches at all!
Why does it happen only with the #90/14 needles? Are they really too thick for the three layers? Anyone knows?  
 
 
Can't wait to get this quilt done! I said in an earlier blog post I should not be tempted to start any new projects this year, but then I had to buy some very cute whimsical Christmas panel and fabrics... :) Want to make 4 place mats and one wall quilt out of the panel.... :)
 
Click here, and it takes you to one of the places we went together with my friend J.
 



7 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

one day I need to try out free motion. I had given it a try - once - on a little square to practice and never got back to trying again - I do need to learn so I can catch up on my many quilt tops that I have and just save some for hand quilting.

quilton said...

Astrid, I tried using the 90/14 needles too and gave up. The hole is much too big and I just didn't like the looks of my quilting when I was finished. I went back to the needles recommended for my quilting machine. The look is much, much nicer and I'm happier.

Karen said...

This is a lovely looking quilt. Hope you sort out your needle problems.

Rosemary said...
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Rosemary said...

The same thing has happened to me when I've used a different sized needle. I can't remember the exact size but was totally frustrated! I just stick to my usual size needles but I don't understand how the needle size could cause so many problems.

Heather said...

pretty color combos, very nice quilt.

Heather in needles n crafts group

Lappedamen said...

Nydelig quilt. Dette har hendt meg også, men jeg visste ikke at det hadde noe med tykkelse på nålen å gjøre. Takk for tipset.