Well, after some minor adjustments and a short trip...
The Beast has come alive!! For those of you who are new here, The Beast is my longarm's (affectionate) nickname. You see, it's a bit of a space hog and ate up more than its fair share of the room!
Leading up to this point, several things had to happen...
It started like this at the beginning of the month when I added the border of my great niece's baby quilt...
The quilt top was pressed to prepare it for quilting:
I pulled an ancient package of Thermore batting that was just the right size for the project...
And layered it up on the longarm:
Not without issues...
I hit a button (accidentally) and the stitch regulator stopped working. Not normally a problem, as it should simply reengage. Unfortunately, not this time! I had to turn the machine off and back on, which still didn't work, so an encoder wheel adjustment was necessary:
What on Earth?!?!
(While cleaning the bobbin area...) The cover plate for the shaft fell off... Twice... Before I realized that I needed to call in reinforcements. Fortunately, my in-house tech support was on duty:
(Insert screaming here.) I only had TWO passes left to complete the quilt:
But at the end of the night...
I had (somehow) managed to finish the quilting:
The next day I trimmed it up:
Testing out binding options...
The backing or the border fabric were the two main contenders:
Ultimately, I went with the border fabric:
|~ 40" x 50"|
Needleb's suggestion was taken under advisement and implemented. It looks great:
Special thanks to Angela @ Thread Waggle Quilting!! She answered my frantic late night text and helped my in-house tech guy solve the problem.
Another big thank you goes out to LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color for the layout suggestion! I'm not sure that I ever would have thought to blend the colors of the rainbow as rows progressed. (Orange in the red row, as well as in the yellow row, etc.) It really made the entire quilt sparkle!
And that, friends, is my ONE finish for the Winter 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club. Just in the nick of time. Rainbow, Baby! is a wrap.
Sharing with Cynthia
Until next time...
Let's go QUILT!!!