Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WIPW - Torchietti?

Work In Progress Wednesday -

well it has been slow. It is simply too hot and far too humid in Tokyo to quilt.

I think the wadding has gained weight because of the damp and the quilt itself is more awkward than before to handle.

Nevertheless, progress on

Trinity Green

stands like this:

Everyone of the 38 'snakes' have been quilted in the ditch.

Three of the 'spinach tagliatelle' now have a snail pattern. Am I cooking Torchietti?
Instead of free motion quilting, which turned out to be too hard on this large and heavy quilt, I settled for the walking foot and one of the 'fancy' stitches in the sewing machine's program.

As you can see, the 'cooking' does not always go well, some of the swirls are too tight or too stretched out. The walking foot has trouble going backwards.

I will try to find a better and flatter place to let the quilt rest on. Hopefully that will easy the weight. Bundling everything up in my lap and packing it up behind the machine is making it hard to control...

This will just have to be slooow progress!


22 comments:

Rachel said...

I've found that with bulky things it helps to have the sewing machine on a plastic cloth so that the fabric you're not working on can slide out of the way. If there is padding underneath it tops the sewing machine from walking away from you!

FlashinScissors said...

Wow! It's looking amazing, Carin!
I can imagine it would be very hard to manoeuvre a quilt of that size.
You are doing a wonderful job.
I like your Spiral stitch, what sewing machine are you using?
Barbara x

Queeniepatch said...

That's good advice. Thank you. The real problem is that I have to use a rather narrow counter attached to the wall; there is no space where the quilt can drop down or move forward freely. I have to control the bulk that has been quilted and roll it up or push it aside.

Chitra Gangadharan said...

the spiral stitching looks lovely. it is hard work. better to be slow than tiring yourself.

jacaranda said...

Looks wonderful, if it is too hot, put it away for a while unless there is a date it has to be finished by. Use this hot time to think of a new project.

Queeniepatch said...

I am using an ELNA, and it is doing its best to bite into this large quilt. It is the heat and humidity that is causing the problem.
I will just work this slowly.

Queeniepatch said...

YOU know all about heat and how slow things get when one is exhausted.

Queeniepatch said...

I have another birthday card to make so I will HAVE TO put the Trinity Green quilt on the back burner.

crazyQstitcher said...

I like your curved stitching. It's surprising that having to manage the bulky quilt, that the stitching is still so neat. Your patience is showing a good result.
I agree with Jacaranda

margaret said...

this is progressing so well, love the spiral stitch I am planning to look at new machines at the quilt show seeing what fancy stitches they have suitable for quilting is on the list as so many are only really for embroidery far too small for quilting. It must be so difficult having the wall in front of your machine as there is nowhere for the quilt to go. Having a table or something maybe the ironing board on your left hand side to take the weight will help but not for what has gone through the machine. Best of luck

Susan Hook said...

The pattern looks very good, I can imagine how hard it is to control the material through the machine, I have had this problem before and it isn't easy.

Queeniepatch said...

I am still quilting the right side of the quilt and there is not a lot of bulky quilt on that side, yet. The further to the middle I get I will have to deal with lack of space both through the machine and behind it, if you see what I mean.
Now I am going to check out the links you sent in an email.
Thank you for all your support.

Queeniepatch said...

Oh, I so wish I could meet up with you and Cheryl at the show! I don't need to shop for a sewing machine but I'd love to look at the quilts.
Yes, many machines, especially Husqvarna, are made for embroidery, so it is wise to look and ask a lot of questions.
Enjoy FOQ.

Queeniepatch said...

It is so good to hear others have had the same problem, and many have overcome the difficulty. I will just have to find the way that works for me, I guess.
I think the pattern is good as it is soft and has movement compared to the sharp and stationary triangles.

Pamela said...

This is gorgeous! You are making great progress.

Linda Calverley said...

I can imagine it being very difficult using a fancy stitch, I find it hard just using a plain stitch because there's usually too much quilt and not enough space. You're doing very well.

Queeniepatch said...

Last night was cool enough for me to fill three strips of 'pasta'.

Queeniepatch said...

Compare testing a stitch on a small scrap and working on the large quilt - NOT the same! Last night was coolish and I had one problem less to deal with!

Julie Fukuda said...

I just can not imagine ever making a machine do that! My hat is off to you. (of course it is way too hot for a hat anyway).

Queeniepatch said...

The machine can make the stitch by itself - on a small quilt. On the scale of Trinity Green, you need to watch it all the time and guide the fabric. Otherwise you would have swirls all over the place.

Annet said...

You found the perfect stitch for your tagliatelle!

Queeniepatch said...

It is just the right width for the tagliatelle.