Friday, July 1, 2016

Lotus at last!

The very day that my Juki sewing machine arrived home, I returned to my Lotus blocks.  And to my delight, those curves came sliding smoothly out of the machine like butter!

Lotus quilt top

I'm so, SO glad to have my trusty Juki back from extended warrantied service at Sew Vac Direct.  They have taken good care of me and my machine, returning it, the few times I've sent it in, always like new.  This time I sent it in because the stitch quality had very gradually gotten "off".  I am informed that I was oiling it too much!  My habit was to oil the machine every 4 or so bobbins (which is less than the manual advises).  Anyhoo, they said the bobbin was slipping because it was drowning in oil.  Poor guy.  Thought some of you who have Juki's might want to know...

There's just no comparison between sewing on my Juki and sewing with my Kenmore, which I suppose is only fair given the price difference!  The Kenmore is an entry-level machine for sure.  I really struggled to even sew a straight seam with the Kenmore, despite giving it a good cleaning.  Well, it probably needs to see the machine doctor.  The Juki sews so straight, so powerfully and with a purr that makes me smile.  Plus, the thread cutter built into the foot pedal and the knee lift lever to lift the feed dogs - these "little" conveniences actually save me so much time and just generally make me love sewing that much more.

So, yeah, I'm glowing.

Lotus quilt top

Back to the quilt.  After sewing blocks, I auditioned a few border possibilities.  Without a border this baby quilt was a tad on the small side for me.  I added a 3.5" cut border in the low volume alphabet print to give those pretty blossoms just a bit more room to float.

Lotus quilt top

I like!

And speaking of floating, I expect many of you have beat me to your lotus finish.  Christiane of Quappworms Quilts in Germany used my free Lotus block tutorial to make this literal take on lotus. 


Look at how beautifully her blocks are set on point and with the mini lotus flowers floating near the border.  The dark blue water and pale blossoms mimic the elegance of nature. It's a gorgeous quilt!

If you've finished your quilt or your blocks, I'd love to see!  You can share your work in the Stitched in Color flickr group or with Instagram hashtag #StitchedinColor.  Or, you can add a link to your photo in the comments here.  Thanks for sharing!


23 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for the update on your Juki. I have the same lovely machine. When I use it regularly I put in one drop in each of it's spots. I sew for maybe 2-3 hrs. Do you think this is too much? I'd super appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

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    1. Yes if I were to guess, this is too much. But it's odd because the manual suggests very frequent oiling. When you have your machine cleaned next you could ask them if there is too much oil inside.

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  2. I love your finished Lotus top!

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  3. Beautiful quilt. It's on my wish list.

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  4. I wasn't really sure this block was my style, until I saw Christiane's quilt! Love it.

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  5. Here's one unsolicited vote for that red binding. Lovely quilt!

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  6. That border is perfect! Absolutely beautiful quilt!

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  7. Rachel, thanks for your comments on oiling. I found this advice in the comment section for this model on Amazon:

    "I use about one drop of oil in each oil hole about once week, more often if I am sewing a lot everyday, maybe once every three days. If you have oil showing up on your presser foot, you are probably using too much, also, too much oil and it can leak out of the buttons for cutting and up,down needle."
    By Judy G. Bell on February 24, 2014

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  8. Your quilt is just lovely, Rachel! I have a Juki too, an older model than yours, though (TL98-Q) and I don't oil mine as often as the manual recommends either. Usually because I forget, but so far she hasn't failed me! I do notice oil under the machine if I oil too often, so I think we're doing ok with the oiling schedule I'm following. Wouldn't trade her for anything - I'm actually on vacation this week, and even though she weighs three times what my Featherweight does, she's the one I bring with me to the beach! I'm so spoiled.... ;-)

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    1. Ah, I do notice tiny circles of oil under the machine at times. Drr! I wasn't even concerned about that. Well, that goes to show definitely too much oil here! I sew several times per week and was probably oiling every other week or less. I think I need more like once a month.

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  9. Holy Moly, I need to get back to work! :-P
    Only 8 more to go :-D
    I work on too many things
    I love your colors, I love the border! Well done. I love RED too
    and it looks so good with the orange and green. I want to there too.
    Christiane's quilt is Classy on Fire pretty. Very peaceful. I even like the peach! Her border is lovely too.
    WOW
    Happy 4th week-end. Mine is going to be busy as usual
    I hope you have a great time with Fam and friends

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  10. Both of these lotus quilts are gorgeous!

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  11. There is no sound like a purring machine! Great to see you reunited :)

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  12. Oh Rachel! the quilt is awesome. I'm inspired to start and have my fabrics picked out for the blossoms. Just need some background. sometimes it's as hard to pick out the right background as it is the block prints. LOL. Thanks for this quilt.

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  13. These blocks/quilts are so lovely!! Kudos for following your creative heart!

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  14. It is beauitful and will be perfect with the red binding! I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

    Is that by chance a dumpster in your yard waiting for the demo of part of your house? If not it still made for a great background.

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    1. You nailed it! I thought that particular yellow was a perfect background for this quilt =)

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  15. I think these are my most favorite quilts I've seen in a long time!!! LOVE both yours and Christiane's! We moved and they haven't brought our stuff yet...going on three weeks plus now. I can't wait to sew again!! Thanks for the pattern!

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  16. Gosh, I just love everything about how this one turned out. Nicely done!

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  17. I LOVE all: quilt pattern, fabrics... and especially that fabric you chose for the border with the beautiful letters - would you mind telling me its "name" or designer please? Many thanks in advance!

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