Friday, November 29, 2013

Penny Patch: Hello, Quilt Top!

This post is part of a series {Penny Patch} a Beginner’s Quilt-Along.  You can join in anytime, even if you’re not a beginner!  Please see this page for links to all posts, and join us on Flickr to share your questions and work-in-progress!

Penny Patch buttonOk, it's time.... a very merry time... quilt top time!  Let's see those finished quilt tops!  But, actually, you are quite welcome to participate in today's link party wherever you are in the process.  We're just glad you're in on it too!  It's such fun to see all the different versions.  If you don't get your fill here, see our Flickr group which is bursting with Penny Patch quilt top finishes!

psst... need some help using the link tool?  See this tutorial.

11 comments:

  1. That's really nice to see all those Penny Patches. My top didn't make it for today and I decided to let go the timetable all together.
    It is too much fun to sit in my new room, working with the fabric and listening to a good book on CD. There is no real reason to put pressure on myself. There are a lot of reasons to enjoy the process and still be in touch.
    Thanks for your words, Rachel.

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  2. Love all the quilts! I really think I want to make one now! Great job on the quilt-a-long!

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  3. OK. I am about to cry. I am trying to put my rows together into the quilt. For it I switched to the walking foot. The walking foot is new to me, and I have it on right, and the stupid thing bunches more than a regular foot. It starts out okay for about an inch and then it starts making really small stitches and the fabric bunches. Am I doing something wrong? I have had to rip out this one stitch a few times now and I'm worried I'm going to get a hole.

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    1. Oh no. I know that feeling all too well. I hope you've taken a break from it. Looking with fresh eyes can be so helpful. I would guess that it is installed incorrectly OR not a good fit for your machine OR the machine needs rethreading. I have not had this happen before. Unfortunately, the best I can do is suggest cleaning the machine, rethreading and trying again. if it still misbehaves, finish the quilt without the walking foot (use lots of pins to stabilize) and ask your retailer about proper installation/fit for your machine.

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    2. Thank you. I put it down. I am going to guess that it doesn't fit my "singer simple" machine that has absolutely no bells or whistles, just a basic basic model. I've tried rethreading and I even tried to sew something thinner with it, and I get the same problem. Thanks for your support.

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  4. I've totally been slacking on my penny patch in lieu of X-mas gift quilts that have needed attention. I think I'll have more time for it this week and I'll be trying out a QAYG method with it so the quilting can be more manageable on my domestic machine. I'll be sure to post about it on my blog cause I'm super pleased with myself for figuring out a way to do it without bulky seams or sashing :) Keep up the good work quilters!!

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  5. These are all so beautiful! I can't wait to start my own Penny Patch quilt using some of the Bluebird Park fabrics. Maybe sometime after I'm done making all my gift quilts for the holidays I'll have some free time to get started on it. Thanks for putting together this great tutorial, Rachel! :o)

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  6. I'm heading to my sewing machine now in hopes of getting the rest of the top put together this evening.
    I am glad you are leaving the linky open for a bit as I will be posting my progress in my blog on Wednesday.

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  7. I'm envious of these beautiful quilt top finishes!! My own progress has been very slow (Life has been in my way!), but I am having a wonderful time sewing the blocks and am oh-so-pleased with my results so far! It will probably be this next weekend before I have enough progress ready to post.

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