Monday, March 3, 2014

A Safari Moon Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Safari Moon blog hop! I've got a quilt to show you, using Frances Newcombe's Safari Moon line, of course.

This quilt has been a bear to work on. It went through more design changes than I care to mention—I made changes literally right up until I sewed the last seam! But I think the beautiful colors of the Safari Moon line positively shine when paired with this background color, which is Kona Cotton in Regal (another one of my new favorites, I think!).

But notice anything missing in the photo above? Like, say, half the quilting? I was FMQing along this weekend, all in a groove, and then, bam! My bobbin case somehow unseated itself and went all crooked inside my machine. Broke my needle and everything. Like so:

See those red arrows? They're supposed to be lined up. How does something like that even happen? Nothing I did would get it back on track and working again. Every time I put the bobbin case back in straight, it would get all whacked again after about every third stitch. So, my machine is headed to my repair guy at the earliest convenience. The whole thing is making me very unhappy.



But hey, check out what I did get done! One of the reasons I don't use more dark background colors in my quilts is because of the challenge this leads to in quilting. I like my quilting thread to blend, but there's no single color you can choose that will blend in all the areas of a high-contrast quilt like this. And you guys, I hate burying knots. Sometimes I feel like I've spent my entire quilting career thinking of ways to avoid burying knots. Fortunately, Katie convinced me to get over myself and quilt with two colors, knots and all. And I'm so glad she did! It was definitely the best choice for this quilt. I'm stippling in the dark blue areas, and I did wavy lines in all the other areas.

I'll be finishing this one up as soon as my Janome dealer nurses my machine back to health. And I'm definitely writing a pattern for this quilt! I'm cautiously optimistic that I can have it out and available in the next two weeks. (Though that's dependent on my machine, of course!)

And in the meantime, my back-up machine, the Hulk (ironic nickname courtesy of my guild friends) is back. Oh, Hulk. No offense, but I didn't want to see you this week.

Thank you, Frances, for having me on your blog hop and asking me to play with your lovely fabric line! Now you all should go buy some Safari Moon, pronto!

38 comments:

Janet M said...

I think I have the same machine (Janome 7700?). I also had the bobbin case 'jump' out of place while I was FMQing. Fortunately, I must have stopped sewing before any damage was done. I was using the APC too. Since that incident, I mostly use the machine for straight line (love the Accufeed) or cautiously do FMQ with the larger throat plate opening. I don't know if the APC had anything to do with the mess but I'm afraid to use it now. I hope you can get your machine fixed soon and finish that beautiful quilt!

Peaches1003 said...

Stunning!!! I love this. Sorry about your machine though, that is really very rude of it

Kymberly said...

Beautiful quilt. Sorry to hear about the machine troubles. Hope everything gets fixed soon.

ROBERT YOUNG said...

my 7700 did the same thing thank god they fixed it and I went right back to quilting last xmas I traded her in for a 8900 and I have to say I love it even more keeping my 6600 tho 4 ever
have a great day
diana

CATHY DANIEL said...

Stunning quilt - gorgeous colours! Good luck with your machine though! Aaaagh! As they say! xCathy p.s. Giveaway at mine if you like.

Melissa said...

Your quilt is lovely, the Safari Moon fabric really is contrasted nicely against the blue background! Sorry to hear about your machine...hope it makes a quick recovery!:)

Kacey said...

LOVE the Regal!!

Purl Buttons said...

I feel your pain. I got a Janome for Christmas and I was afraid of it until WELL into January. Then, in February, I thought, I will REALLY do a good job cleaning THIS machine. The repairman will think it has hardly been used! Unfortunately, the blot of fuzz underneath the bobbin was not fabric and thread fuzz. It was the wick. I said WAS the wick. I am using my back up machine this month, too.

Vera said...

Beautiful quilt! Hulk ... he he.

Katie said...

that's such a lovely quilt and beautiful fabrics. I have one of those Hulk machines also for travel and in short sports she does well but I don't think I would want 2 weeks of sewing on it -- here's to a quick return for your other machine

frances newcombe said...

Lee thank you so so much I adore this quilt, its just breath taking! I am truly sorry that your machine broke : (
Thank you for all your hard work. I wish I could give you a million dollars! This post is beautiful and I seriously can't thank you enough. Love Frances

Helen in the UK said...

The Kona Regal showcases the other fabrics beautifully. Hope your machine is soon fixed and running like a dream :)

Katie said...

It's so beautiful. And the quilting was totally worth it. Sans the machine breaking of course. Good luck getting it fixed :(

Sandy W said...

Bad about the machine....but stunning quilt!! love the quilting you did get done!! I am going to be starting your Diamond Tread pattern next week for my daughter and son in-law, but will be looking for this pattern when it comes out!! Hope your machine is fixed soon!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really beautiful quilt, Lee. Sorry about your machine. Such a bummer! I hate burying knots too--which keeps me from machine quilting in general. Hah!

QuarterMileQuilts said...

Love the use of Regal! I'm so glad to see so many navy colors / prints popping up in fabric lines recently. Your quilt looks fabulous!

Heidi Staples said...

It's so frustrating when machines go haywire like that, but I love what you're doing with this quilt. Beautiful!

SIMPLESEW said...

Its is lovely and you will carry on..

Alex and Kerri said...

I absolutely LOVE this quilt and can't wait until you post the pattern!

Hilary said...

Wow this is so gorgeous! I love how you are quilting it :) And you're not alone in hating burying knots lol I hate it too.

Katy Cameron said...

It's a gorgeous colour combo, and I hope you and the Hulk aren't close friends for too long so you can finish it!

Linda said...

HI, just gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

knitnkwilt said...

I like your quilt, and the fabric IS lovely. I too hate to change thread, but like you, often want the quilting to blend, and I like high contrast. I swear I have spent more time trying to figure out how to avoid thread breaks that it would take to knot and hide knots!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

It's fantastic! I love the blue color such a refreshing change. :)

So sorry about the machine, that's a real bummer. I thought my threader broke the other day was just about ready to find the repair man's home number! Weirdest thing - it just started working again for no good reason. OK with me. :)

Michele T said...

Beautiful quilt design!!

Afton Warrick said...

I love that Kona Regal as a background. You quilt is fantastic in spite of the run of bad luck. I'm looking forward to your pattern release.

Lynne Tilley said...

Beautiful quilt. I really love it. So sorry on the machine! It will all be worth it in the end. :)

Wendy said...

oh no, what a nightmare! Good job you have such a manly back up machines! Love the quilt, the contrast is beautiful.

Elsa said...

So sorry to hear about your machine ~ hope she's fixed in a jiffy!
Love that star on the dark blue background! Glad you're making a pattern!

Lisa C said...

Great job! I, too, feel the same way about background fabrics -- sometimes even backing. Burying threads is no fun (I'm afraid I won't find them all to bury) but the final result is worth it. Good luck with your machine.

Mara said...

Oh No your poor machine, LOVE the regal blue background color and the way it just makes the Safari Moon fabric pop.

Lindsay Conner said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous!

Rolyn said...

Lovely...absolutely lovely!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Wow you've really made that fabric line sing! Sorry to hear about your Janome - mine (8200) did something similar, but I'm new to FMQ and to the machine so I thought it was something I did wrong. I managed to get my bobbin casing back in but it kept happening until I rewound the bobbin - strange!

Audrey Matlock said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Truly!

Judith said...

Oddly enough I have had the exact same problem with my machine this week (I think you also have a Horizon). You probably just need a new bobbin holder. I ordered one for mine and will try this first and if it doesn't work then its off to Mr. Repair guy too.....

Joan H. said...

Sorry about your machine. They can be so annoying at times but what would we do without them? Your quilt is very lovely!

Sarah said...

Love the pattern design! The fabrics look magnificent on the navy background too. Sorry to hear about the machine. Hope it's sorted by now. I hate burying threads too. I tend to use a tie off stitch to begin and end quilting. Seems to have worked over the last 12 years!

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