Friday, June 2, 2017

Free Fall Quilt--A Final Finish

Updated 6/15/17




I previously posted on 6/2/17 that I had finished my Free Fall Quilt and wanted to update this post with photos of the quilt hanging on my staircase wall.  This wall has been a big blank for the past four years and it's so nice to have a quilt once again hanging on the wall even though it can be treacherous getting it on the wall.  The Free Fall Quilt is fitting in nicely with the other quilts I have hanging on the stairway and it really brightens up an otherwise dark area in my house since there's not too much exposure natural light coming in.  It really is nice to make a quilt when you know you have a spot for it.  To see the other Free Fall Quilts made, here is the link:


I'm very happy to share my Free Fall Quilt which is a QAL hosted by Sandra of mmm! Quilts (you can read about it here).  This 38" square quilt was designed by Sandra and involved foundation piecing which is something I don't do very often.  Despite not being able to print the foundation pieces and having to draft them myself, this quilt came together very well and I am glad I participated in this Free Fall QAL.  The completion date and final link-up is June 15th and I'm ahead of schedule which is a nice place to be.

I have to thank Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl for the following trifecta of reasons:
  • I joined the QAL because she posted about this on her blog, it was a monkey see, monkey do inspiration
  • Yvonne's choice of fabrics for her quilt helped me to see I could use modern prints instead of batiks
  • And the big reason, after finishing the top, the big hang up for me was how to quilt it.  Fortunately, Yvonne completed her quilt last week and she machine quilted it with horizontal straight lines which I wanted to do but wasn't sure how it would look.  After seeing Yvonne's quilt (you can see it here),  I knew this was what I wanted to do and let her know that I was going to copy her quilting idea.  Thankfully, she gave me the go ahead.
Sadly, the Juki woes continued with this quilting.  After bringing my machine back to the sewing shop and figuring out the problem with the bobbin winder wasn't that they didn't install the new bobbin ring, (which it turned out they did, they just like to hang the replaced part on the thread holder) it was the bobbin itself, it was defective.  I thought all could be forgiven now until I started quilting Free Fall; I was still getting grease spots even after I cleaned the walking foot and needle area so my annoyance with the dealer was rekindled.


Apparently, I should have cleaned the walking foot better with Q-tips.  I couldn't believe how much grease was in there and wondering why all this grease.  When I picked up the machine the first time, the repairman spent more time telling me that I was using the wrong foot and I had to explain that a Janome Walking Foot can be used on this Juki, especially if you do straight line quilting like I do.  Maybe I don't know the mechanics of how this grease could have gotten there but I do know that I never had this problem before the machine was serviced.  So, I don't think I'll be doing any more business with this dealer.

Needless to say, my Free Fall Quilt is far from being perfect, just like my other quilts, but I'm happy that it's finished and ready to hang up.  Now to finish some other projects on my list now......

BTW, I haven't posted any new totals for my Minus 100 Yard Challenge lately which thanks to Memorial Day Sales, I'm sadly moving farther away from my goal.  I'll post my new numbers once the packages arrive.

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35 comments :

  1. Your quilt turned out lovely!!! I hear you about finding reputable repairmen. I once took my canister vacuum cleaner to be fixed and when I got it home I discovered the hose leaked and upon further inspection discovered it crushed. They weren't to blame, I was told. So I bought a new hose from them. However, a few years later, I had to have it serviced again. And again when I got it home I noticed the hose was leaking air and that it had been crushed or twisted. Seemed kind of fishy to me. They also serviced my sewing machine and did not give me back my electrical cord although I had written my last name in permanent marker on everything including the cord so I knew the cord I got was not mine. Needless to say, they are not getting any more of my business. Moral of the story, label, inspect, and photograph all the parts. If I had done that, I would have had proof of wrong doing. Hopefully, you will get your problem solved.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I'm thinking of asking my husband, who's pretty handy and mechanical to go to sewing machine repair school--I know I can trust him and I know where he lives--ha!

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  2. Rose, I do beleive of all the versions I've seen, I'm loving yours the best! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Paige for your kind comments. This really was a fun QAL and glad that I completed it.

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  3. Lovely finish Rose! I'm sorry to hear of your repair woes. It is so difficult finding reputable service people these days! I'm sure they rather we bought a new model than have to repair it!

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    1. Thanks Suz. It's always in the back of my mind when I bring my machine in--I find it conflicting for a dealer to sell new machines and repair old machines--I would rather find just a repair center. I spent some time online looking at sewing machine repair classes--my hubby is getting worried.

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  4. What a pretty quilt, Rose! I'm sorry about your Juki. I once took my machine in to be serviced and they wanted my foot pedal, so I left that also. They lost my foot pedal and gave me one that made my machine race frantically each time I stepped on it. I finally got my foot pedal back, but it was really irritating. A good dealer is worth his/her weight in gold!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I think I added one more trait to what to look for in a man--he has to look like Antonio Banderas or Tom Selleck and fix my sewing machine.

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  5. Rose, such a great finish. I sandwiched one quilt yesterday, but not FreeFall. I hope you find a dealer you like, this is unforgivable! I love your fabric choices and your quilting. It looks great!!!!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, you have to finish your FreeFall because we went into this together.

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    2. It's sandwiched so its getting closer.

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  6. It's a beautiful finish! I love the colors and the straight line quilting is perfect for it. I honestly can't see any issues with this quilt, it looks great to me! I can't believe you drafted the foundation paper pieces by hand ... you must be so patient :) Good luck finding a new dealer, the one you had sounds clueless ...

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    1. Thanks Liz for your sweet comments. Would you believe after I finished making all of the blocks I found the reason why the foundation pieces weren't printing out right, I didn't have my computer set to Adobe which would have allowed me to adjust the size; I was opening it up in Edge. The things you learn. And you're right I need to find a better dealer.

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  7. Your Free Fall turned out just lovely. I particularly like the background fabric with the little dark squares. It adds just the right amount of character to it.
    I hope your machine woes resolve soon. That can be so frustrating.

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    1. Thanks Jen. The background fabric turned out to be a prophetic choice since it helps to hide those dang tiny grease spots that still show after trying to remove them with Dawn. Like my husband saids, only I know it there but that's the problem. I found another dealer and hopefully will have better luck with them.

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  8. Hi Rose!
    I love this quilt and especially the quilting. I am sorry you are having issues with your Juki, or really the servicing dealer. Annoying. Why on earth would they grease the walking foot??! I would love to get a Juki but the nearest dealer from me is 2 hours away . . . and the service issue - maybe too far away. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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    1. Thanks Roseanne. I had the Juki for over two years before I brought it in for servicing. I do love the stitch quality. I'm hoping that my machine recovers and sews the way it use to. Fortunately there is another dealer I can take it to in the event it needs servicing again. I need to check to see if there are repairmen who just service sewing machines around my house. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Rose, your Free Fall quilt is wonderful! 🍁

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  10. I love your freefall! The light colored background is really nice. A good repairman is worth his/her weight in gold! I hope you can find one. I smiled when I saw you that you want your husband to learn machine repair :)

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  12. Your Freefall quilt is gorgeous. I am sure you smile whenever you look at it.

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  13. Your Free Fall turned out gorgeous! I'm having a love affair with straight line quilting at the moment, so I am drooling over here. I hate to hear about all the trouble you are having with your machine. I hope you are able to get everything straightened out soon.

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  14. FABULOUS finish Rose! Yay! Doing a happy dance here for you! My own Freefall wallhanging is hanging over my stairs too, and let me tell you it was treacherous hanging that puppy up...my husband shook his head and said he didn't want to know how I managed to get it there...I LOVE that background with the checks and the way you quilted it, and you know I've loved your fabrics from the get-go. Yay for persevering with drafting--look out now that you get it and see it's pretty slick--and yay for Yvonne, and for stepping outside of your comfort zone!!

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    1. Thanks Sandra for your comments, encouragement and for setting up this QAL. I enjoyed this pattern so much and forgot to mention in my post was after I did all the foundation piecing I learned what I was doing wrong with the printing--I should have opened up the pattern in Adobe and not Edge. I would love to do another one in reds and white because right now I'm admiring Canada.

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  15. lovely Freefall, and a perfect place to hang it there. Tradesmen,Some are wonderful, others totally useless. I hope your new one is lots better. Maybe repair classes are the way to go. Your colours are subtle, and so lovely together. The different shades of grey with the brighter leaves, you have quilted it just right with those lines.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I really enjoyed this QAL and love seeing the quilt hanging on the wall. I think everyone's quilt is wonderful and unique and it was fun seeing the different versions, yours included, plus you had a great side story on the photographing of your quilt.

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    2. Well it was almost panic this morning, as when I checked the link to Sandra in my post, it gave me an error.So I deleted the whole post, went back to Open Live Writer, and corrected it, Then!!! It wouldn't post to my blog. In the end I did it in Blogger with copy and paste. and added the photos . Thinking of Sandra's Dad, I miss mine so much too.

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  16. Your finish is wonderful. So fun to see it hanging in your stairway:) Sorry to hear your Juki was giving you fits, I need to get my machine in for a tune up-but I hate to part with it!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. Juki is working fine and I just recently acquired another Juki just to make sure I'm never without one again.

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  17. I love this version of the quilt. It has a nice Modern look to it with lots of contrast.

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  18. So sorry you are have repair issues. The quilt turned out fabulous, though. Perfection? What's that? It wouldn't be handmade if it didn't have challenges, in my book.

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    1. Thanks. Perfection is never expected with my quilts, something I don't worry too much about.

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  19. Sometimes I think technology and machines conspire against me . I love your quilt with the strong colours . Although mine was pale coloured I am a strong modern colour girl at heart

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