Kite Problems

I decided on a vintage gray stripe for my alternate blocks and got this little quilt loaded up.

I purchased these pattern boards a while back and had yet to try them. I thought if I only used half the lines, I could get a chevron pattern. And you can! Except, that I have lots of wobbles.

I decided the wobbles would be less noticeable if I used the complete pattern. It is. But it is still more noticeable than I would like. It looks much better in photos than in real life!

I think the problem is, that this is a big, heavy machine. I had my HQ Avante when I purchased this setup. It was made for that smaller, lighter machine. It worked beautifully on that. The stylus setup fits my bigger HQForte, but because it is a bigger, heavier machine, it has a lot more momentum when it gets moving. So patterns like this with a lot of quick changes in direction mean wobbles. Baptist Fans with long sweeping curves work just fine.

On a happier note, I did find this fun vintage fabric in my stash for the backing.

I always try to use new patterns on my own quilts first. I thought I might use this on a Quilt of Valor, but I am not happy enough with the results to do that. So another happy ending here, is that I didn’t ruin anyone else’s quilt!

I will finish the quilting, then bind and wash before I make my final judgement.

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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4 Responses to Kite Problems

  1. Dee says:

    You see wobbles. I see proof that the quilting on this little beauty is hand crafted and not “machine perfect”. It’s lovely!

  2. Elaine/MuddlingThrough says:

    I see no flaws at all. It is beautiful! I’ve never tried the boards, so my quilting is extremely hit or miss as to straight lines and pattern correctness. They are still loved.

  3. Zenia Rene says:

    It is beautiful and I believe the wobbles will disappear in the crinkle once it’s been warshed & dried. I know that pattern boards are like pantographs but that the stylus goes in a groove instead of tracing along to the top of the design. Is this correct? Are there multiple boards that go along the frame table? What is the name of this pattern board?

  4. donnathank says:

    Katy, you didn’t ruin your quilt. It’s beautiful! You have to really look for the wobbles, and I bet after it’s washed they will not be noticeable.

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