Mixtape quilt: zig-zag free motion quilting

I have the house to myself this weekend, which means I was free to set up my sewing machine on the kitchen table for Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday where I’d have plenty of space to move the quilt around and manipulate it, in addition to the benefit of being able to sit at a normal height table. (My usual setup is on a coffee table, which isn’t quite ideal for long stretches of sewing.)

Kitchen setup

I made my way through 1/6th of the quilt before my free-motion quilting foot snapped my needle, and I spent the next few blocks of it keeping a sharp eye on the foot, as it gradually got chipped away by the needle going up and down. I had to cut away part of the clear foot to keep the needle from breaking again, which worked for only a little while longer.

Walking foot2

Then the foot skewed even further, and it became clear that this just wasn’t going to work: the shaft of it was cracked.

Walking foot

I got approximately halfway through the quilt, rolling it up on one side as I went along.

Rolled quilt

But I only got about halfway through the quilt before the foot broke entirely. I won’t be buying this brand again: it was a waste of time and money. (For the record, if anyone else wants to avoid it, it was this one, which I bought on Amazon.com)

Still, I’m pretty happy with the quilting so far: it looks like I basted well enough to avoid puckering. The recipient asked for zig-zag lines, which I think are working out all right. Seeing as it’s the first time I’ve ever free-motion quilted anything, I’m not unhappy with it — just with the photography today.

Quilting detail

About Alisa

I'm a graduate student studying medieval European history. I knit, spin, quilt, and occasionally sew other things. I learned to knit and sew from my grandmother as a child: spinning I picked up on my own thanks to stubbornness and the internet. I have two spinning wheels and one sewing machine, and more knitting needles than I probably really need. My yarn and fiber stash is large enough that I think I'm probably well supplied for the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
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8 Responses to Mixtape quilt: zig-zag free motion quilting

  1. Foster says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. Too bad about the free motion foot. I hope you leave feedback on Amazon and I hope it is not too late to get your money back!

    • Alisa says:

      Thank you!

      To be honest, the idea of asking for my money back hadn’t occurred to me, though I certainly plan on leaving feedback on Amazon in the hopes that other people won’t have the same experience.

  2. ChrissieD says:

    The quilt looks great in spite of all the problems you’ve had with the foot, great job :)

    • Alisa says:

      Thank you!

      I can’t wait for the new foot to arrive so I can finish it up and take some proper pictures outdoors. I really like the colors my friend chose for this quilt, and I know she and her little boy are just going to love it as soon as I can get it finished! :)

  3. Beth says:

    Yikes! Looks like it will be a great quilt though.

    • Alisa says:

      It wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had quilting, I’ll say that — but it looks like it’ll turn out all right in the end. :)

  4. Cynthia says:

    It’s so frustrating to have technical difficulties like that! Still it looks great. Found your post at Plum and June!

    • Alisa says:

      I tell myself that I’m getting all the technical frustration out of the way now, so the rest of it can just be fun. And thanks! I’m pretty pleased with it so far, too. :)

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