Who knew that figuring out how to machine quilt would have a serious learning curve? So now I have a headache. My brain is exhausted. It's hard to do this. OK, I did 2 practice blocks yesterday, and today I started on a real quilt.
Yesterday I got brave and started to play with quilting a pineapple block. Boy did I learn a lot. After 2 conversations with those poor folks at Style Fabrics about puckers (yes, that dreaded word.) I lengthened my stitch to 3, used serious body strength to make sure that the sneaky little fabric was taut, and began from the inside out.
Clearly puckers are not what I want. I don't care too much if there are puckers on the wrong side as long as they are not humongous. After all, I am not a Real Quilter. Real Quilters care; I don't. But puckers on the right side are another matter. So today I gathered up my courage and started to sew. I've now done 2 blocks out of 72, and the second one took me 20 minutes from marking the fabric through tying off the threads at the back. Not too bad, I think.
If I were a drinking woman, I'd have a large glass of wine at this point. This is not easy, but the second block was faster and better than the first. And my friend is needle down. Oh, how I love needle down.