My friend Jean has been working on the “original” version of the Rejoice! quilt. The embroidered applique is complete and the quilt top has been pieced together. On Tuesday I went to Jean’s house and we had planned to make a good start on getting the quilting underway using her Handi Quilter and ProStitcher.
Today I had hoped to share some photos – and maybe even some video clips – of using the Rejoice! Quilting Collection designs with the long arm quilting machine to quilt the original version of the Rejoice! quilt.
Sometimes plans don’t go, well, according to plan. That was the case on Tuesday.
You know it’s always a good idea to do a test run when you’re embarking on a quilting project, to make sure that the tension is good. So that’s what we started out doing. What we discovered – we were getting a bunch of skipped stitches. Not good. The Handi Quilter machines come with a really good user manual, so we spent quite a while referring to it to figure out the problem. New needle? Didn’t work. Rethreading top and bobbin? Didn’t work. Making sure everything was clean? Didn’t work. Different kind of thread? Didn’t work. Nothing we did got rid of the skipped stitches. After hours (literally!) of trying to figure this out, we gave up. Jean’s going to take the machine in to be serviced – and we’ll try again after that.
The good thing about Tuesday is that I did get to take some photos of the quilt – and those I can share with you today.
We had both gone to our stashes to select the fabrics for this quilt. The background is a a beautiful piece of navy blue fabric that Jean had. The letters are all the same color, a light, citrusy green solid. The squares (we decided to go simple on this version of the quilt, with solid squares) are scraps left over from my version of Sedona Star, the quilt I made for the 2012 Block of the Month quilt for The Quilt Show.
I love the way the detail in the stitching shows up on the solid colored applique fabric. The “O” above is from the word LORD. The “ej” below is from the word “Rejoice”.
Here’s a reminder of the finished Rejoice! quilt.
Which color scheme do you like best? Leave me a comment below and let me know. If you’re already making your own version of the Rejoice! quilt, what colors are you using? If you haven’t gotten started yet, which colors would you use? I’d love to hear your thoughts!