I am sure you all have forgotten I have a short arm quilting frame. I hadn't forgotten I had one because I see it every day. I just haven't touched it in three years. I stopped using it the January before I retired. I was just too tired to bother and I felt I'll be retired by next year so I can use it all I want then. Little did I know that two little girls would come bouncing into my life and turn my world upside down and that I wouldn't find the time or energy to use it again for two more years.
So on February 6th I loaded a practice quilt. Just a yard of two fabrics and some batting. My first past of stitching wasn't two bad and the second one looked better. Than I had some issues when I tried to work from the back of the quilt. My machine would freeze up. I re-threaded it, and cleaned out the bobbin area and started up again and it has been fine since. I think I had my bobbin in the bobbin case backwards.
Yesterday I finished my practice piece.
I did a variety of patterns just to get my groove back. I even did a couple of Pantograhs for the first time. I find it hard to work from the back of the machine and it is really hard to follow those lines. I know no one follows those lines perfectly but I would like to get some where close. I even have this one section that I completely missed quilting. I must have rolled it up too soon.
I like doing free motion but it was good for me to follow the pantographs to find a more open design. I am going to buy fabric today to do a second practice quilt. I have a quilt a friend wants me to quilt for her. One of her friends made her a T-shirt quilt. I want to do a good job. So I am practicing!