After taking the summer off from machine quilting, I am back at it and busier than ever! I keep trying to set aside some time to work on my own quilts, but for now it's customer quilts.
I did get my machine worked on this summer, and had the entire hook assembly replaced.
Old one on top, new one one the bottom. The hook was totally worn down. It's amazing that thread can wear down metal but it does. Once fixed, my machine was stitching so much better. Before I got it fixed, it was making loops on the backs of quilts; very frustrating because I couldn't see what it was doing down there. Now my stitches and tension are perfect!
A friend commissions me to make a quilt for her grandson, something nautical. He is only one, but I got a little carried away, so he ended up with a full sized quilt.
The nautical flags at the top spell his name - Fletcher. Just a fun free-form design with some nautical themed prints, and a few anchors and ship's wheels thrown in.
I haven't been taking too many pictures over the past year, and I realized I need to do that, at least for myself, otherwise I can't remember what I did!
So here's the most recent quilt I finished:
An almost-retro applique quilt, probably from the late 80's or early 90's? Nice to finally get it finished! I did a simple free-form feather on the border.
I used Legacy washable wool batting, and light pink Glide thread. I charged the client 3.5 cents per square inch, plus $12/yard for batting.
While working on this I listened to a book on Audible, "Better than Before" by Gretchen Rubin. (She's the author of the Happiness Project books.) It's about techniques and insights on forming habits. I liked it!
Hope you are getting some happy stitching done.