Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday.....

It's been a while since I've done an update on the various projects I'm working on. I have 2 major ones on the go right now. I'm finishing up the piecing in Three of a Kind.
The center is all together. All that is left are the borders. I have some piecing left to do on one of them, but it shouldn't take too much longer to get this done. It's my UFO assignment for May, so I'm cutting it rather close.
The other thing I'm working on is the quilting for In Full Bloom, a design by McKenna Ryan.
 The tension on these has been giving me issues. I love these quilts, and the detail possible because of the fusible applique. My quilting machine, on the other hand, doesn't like them anywhere near as much. There are tension issues. Thankfully, although I can feel them, they aren't all that visible, and since this will be a wall hanging, I'm going to live with the tension blips.

It's almost halfway done. Other than the aggravating tension problems, this has been a lot of fun to quilt. I've discovered that if I loosen the top tension and the bobbin tension about as loose as they can go, and use a much bigger needle than recommended, it reduces the problems, somewhat. The bigger needle leaves nasty looking holes in the fused pieces, but my research says that spritzing it with water will close the holes. I tried it, and it works. I'm linking up with Canada's The Needle and Thread Network and also with Lee's Work in Progress Wednesday. I am really hoping to have both of the projects done by the end of the month. So, with that goal in mind, I'm off to sew.


  1. Your In Full Bloom quilt is looking beautiful, but how annoying to have tension problems, I'm having a bit of an 'aargh' moment with my machine right now and it's just so much of a pain with a deadline looming. Good luck with yours.

  2. You seem to be very busy - lovely projects!

  3. Your Three of A Kind is very eye catching. I'm impressed that you would even attempt a Kenna McRyan quilt. I love her patterns and the batiks, but applique is way out of my class! It's coming together nicely.

  4. Both of these quilts are beautiful!

  5. "Three of a Kind" is definitely striking -- it will be a great piece when it's finished. And the McKenna Ryan...whoa! Lots of work there and you are doing it beautifully.

  6. Three of a kind is awesome! Love your Ryan quilt too! Hope you can solve the tension problem.

  7. Your "In Full Bloom" piece is just absolutely lovely! I can't wait to see this finished!! :)


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