This is the first quilt I ever made, Foxes out my Window.
I started cutting on Thanksgiving Day, 2011. The pattern is Kitchen Window from Elizabeth Hartman’s Practical Guide to Patchwork, which is a truly useful reference. The fabric is mostly Lizzy House: Outfoxed in the green colorway, a banner print from Castle Peeps, teal stars from 1001 Peeps, and another green/yellow dot – maybe Robert Kaufman Ta Dot? I don’t remember. It’s backed with two great whacks of Outfoxed triangles and frolicking foxes. To date, the fabric is some of my favorite I’ve ever used and it makes me happy whenever I see it.
What doesn’t make me happy is its quilting. I quilted it on my home machine (see here for more info) and while at the time, I was thrilled with the results, it never was perfect. Daphne, my old Kenmore, had some major tension issues. The top thread was too loose, the bobbin thread too tight, which caused the back of the quilt to look like this:
Not that bad, right?
Ooh yeah, that’s not good.
I’m ashamed to admit that the whole back looks like that. Snarls, pulls, places where the thread broke. It’s rough and ugly and definitely lowers the quality of the finished product.
But now that I have a shiny new Juki on my sewing table. Now, I haven’t yet quilted on this machine, and I’m not going to start with this project, but I see all the lovely quilting out there people do on this machine, so I know what it is capable of. My plan is to soak the quilt, let it dry flat (ish), iron it, and then unpick the quilting in a 2′ square area and re-quilt. I’m not going to remove the binding, because perhaps I’m foolhardy.
Before I dive in, does anyone has any experience doing this? Do you have any advice? If this method works, there are a couple other quilts out there that I’d like to requilt with this method. I’d love to hear your thoughts!