Monday, October 4, 2010

Design Wall Monday - October 4, 2010

This is what is currently on my design wall. I purchased a package of 14 fat quarters at the PA quilt show I went to a couple of weeks ago and intend on making a framed 4 patch quilt out of them. I am trying to decide if the 4 patch should be 4 different fabrics like the block on the right or 2 fabrics like the one on the left.

What do you think?


I know compared to people with major heath problems, people out of work etc. this is very minor but I am totally upset and depressed right now. Yesterday I quilted a couple of sections of this quilt which is a Christmas quilt for upcoming craft shows. I took a break for lunch and when I went back all of a sudden my longarm won't sew right. It is skipping stitches like crazy.


I did all the easy things like rethreading, changing the needle, checking the bobbin and bobbin case and my hubby did everything on the Nolting check list including checking timing etc. Nothing we did will make it stitch correctly so I am out of business till it somehow gets fixed.

I guess that is where the big upset is. This machine is not only my business, but my hobby and how I do charity work. I am in the midst of getting ready for craft shows and expect my busy Christmas quilting season to start in about 3 weeks. Timing could not be worse.

Ok, enough venting for now anyway. Think I need another cup of coffee to try and get rid of my headache and then will head to the sewing room. I can't do any quilting or customer quilts but I can find something to piece.

kathie

9 comments:

Charlene S said...

Don't worry...Be happy! Sometimes our machines take a vacation so that we will too. Think of this as time to regroup before your busy season.

Chris said...

There are forces in nature that compel us to stop and smell the fresh coffee before going forward. Perhaps you really needed a little break before the craft shows and the hectic holiday season :)

Quilting: My Way said...

I would hate to have my HQ break down, but I think the blessing is that you have a quilt top to work on and now you can't feel guilty about not doing customer or charity quilts. Speaking of quilts, I like the block with the variety of fabrics. I always seem to be drawn to the more scrappy look when it comes to batiks.

betty said...

I like both blocks, I favor the one on the left. Take a deep breath, and maybe when you go back to your longarm, it will correct itself. Try unpluging for a brief time and retry?

AnnieO said...

Oh no! I feel your frustration. Hope it gets sorted out soon. My method of electronics fixing is usually just turning something off, waiting a while, and turning it back on. I suppose you have already tried that given the timing investigation.

I like the block with 4 different fabrics best.

Vicki said...

I hope you are able to get up and running. I have had my share of problems with the longarm and sometimes when I get a break and go back it all comes together and works for reasons unknown to me. I have made many a call to my sewing center for help. Good luck!!

kwiltnkats said...

I think I like the one on the left using two fabrics in the 4-Patch. You'll alredy be mixing it with a green block which will give enough color. Do you intend the green block to use the same 4-Patch or two more colors? Either way would look good I think. So sorry about your longarm. Get rid of that headache and try everything again. Make sure all the dust is blown out. I'll be you can call where you got the machine and they may have FREE suggestions or even try calling Nolting directly. It may take you forever on the HOLD, but they can be helpful. A friend of mine has a Nolting and has used them before successfully. It's just a simple thing usually of course wants you know what it is.

Diane said...

hoping your machine just needed a little break, so frustrating! sometimes that's what happens to mine-weird. I'd definately call Nolting or find an online forum for assistance. good luck.

Gari said...

I really do understand how you are feeling. When that has happened to me it was the stitch regulator wheel not making a good connection to the table. Hope you are up and running soon.