Fabric Shoppe Sponsors Feature Friday

PSST…Did you sign up for my wee giveaway? You still can!

Well, kinda. Jody from Fabric Shoppe sent me a lovely Tanya Whelan fabric bundle a while ago, and I’ve designed and finished a baby quilt using it. I’ll post the tutorial for it after the last QAL tutorial is up, so don’t worry, you’ll get to see it! But I used the leftovers yesterday to make a quick little placemat/mug rug type thing to try out my new free motion bobbin holder.

You see, not long ago I bought a Janome Horizon. And Oh. My. God. it is amazing. But when I tried to free motion quilt with it, the thread kept shredding (and thus breaking) and really made things look nasty. I had to start and stop so many times on a pillow front that I was nearly in tears over it. I asked for Melissa’s help and she had some good suggestions, and then when I did some research I found that I wasn’t the only person to have this problem with a Janome Horizon.

Then I stumbled upon a reference to a free motion bobbin holder, and using Topstitch needles (which have bigger holes). So yesterday my new bobbin holder came, and I whipped up a quick mug rug thingy to try things out. And what do you know? Instead of breaking every 50 stitches, it only broke about 3 times – I am definitely making progress! Even the back looks good:

Seriously, I can’t tell you what a big deal this is. We spend SO much money on the machine, and to be unable to FMQ on it was making me feel like either I am a complete dunce or we’d wasted a bunch of money. But I think things are going in the right direction (???).

The most popular link this week was from the Celtic Thistle, who made this glorious Courthouse Steps cushion:

using the pattern from my friend and bee mate Katy’s Foundation Paper Piecing For The Terrified Series, which I really recommend looking at if you’re still feeling inadequate around Foundation/Paper piecing. It looks like it’ll be a very helpful series – well done Katy!

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10 Responses to Fabric Shoppe Sponsors Feature Friday

  1. Debbe says:

    Your FMQ’ing looks great!

  2. Mary says:

    I have not heard of the special bobbin holder. I will have to check it out. Your work looks gorgeous now.

  3. Ella says:

    See..this is good to know. I don’t think enough folk talk up their machines. I’m in the market for a new one, and the only one I’ve heard about is this Janome…so it is on the list. But I also want to learn how to FMQ. hmmmm.

  4. VickiT says:

    Looks great. Glad to see things are going in the right direction for you.

    OH haha LOVE it. Paper Piecing for the Terrified. Does she do house calls to force me to do it?

  5. Katy says:

    Yay for solving your FMQ problems, and it looks great on your wee mini.

    Love Fiona’s cushion, and thanks for the shout out. Alas, for Vicki, no house calls, unless you’re paying transport and lodgings ;)

  6. Thanks Jenna, in the manner of Oscar winners I couldn’t have done it without help from so many people – Katy for her brilliant instructions on FPPFTT, Intrepid Thread for the swift delivery of the Kate Spain Terrain FQ bundle and of course, Jenna for the opportunity to post my photo in the first place :))

  7. Melissa says:

    I haven’t heard of the Free Motion Bobbin Holder – I know there is going to be a Janome booth this weekend at Sew Expo and I will definitely be checking in to that! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Marty Askins says:

    I haven’t heard of the Free Motion Bobbin Holder. I LOVE it, Paper Piecing for the Terrified. I’m so glad that your machine is working correctly for you now.

  9. Beth T. says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. So often we hear only the glowing stories and it leaves us (okay–me) feeling as if glitches don’t happen to talented quilters, only dunces. And isn’t it amazing how often a notion or shortcut can make all the difference? Thanks again.

  10. Donna says:

    I feel your pain. When I first got up the courage to try FMQ, my test piece was a disaster. I did some tweaking, seemed ok, tried FMQ on my 1st quilt. And wouldn’t you know it. The back was a huge mess which I had to pick out. I took my quilt and sewing machine to the store where I bought it (Janome MC 10001). They showed me how to adjust the tension which fixed the problem. Thanks for your tips and sharing your experiences.

    Donna

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