Ok this quilt was the breaking point...what breaking point...the one that meant my Handiquilter aka Abby had to go to the repair shop/doctor. I loaded it last week, and on row two started having thread shredding issues again, and by row three I was ready to throw everything out of the window. I called the place I purchased it and since it was a long drive, they made arrangements for the "doctor" to meet me at the shop and work on it while I waited. Since I was going to have to remove the machine from the frame I went ahead and finished the quilt, even though it meant having the thread break several more times. But Hollywood now has a quilt.
About two months ago my local quilt shop "Quilt Country" had a sale, 25% off of everything and when we were looking around Sharla spotted this roll of nine purple fabrics. It was for a quilt they had on the wall, but she thought it would be perfect for Hollywood. We talked about grey or black to sash it, but I really liked the lighter lavender. She pieced the top and I quilted it.
She decided to only use seven of the strips because it seemed to big, now it seems a little small. When I loaded it on the long arm, I had a couple of choices of thread. I almost used a variegated purple, but it looked good only on some of the stripes. So I chose Lavender by Signature. I chose this because I wanted to see what happened if I made the thread more visible. Normally I want the thread to blend in, but since this was for Hollywood and I knew he wouldn't complain I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play a little. I also wanted to work on my loops.
Overall I'm happy with the results. Yes I still need to work on my loops, as you can see they aren't of consistent size, but I was also playing with size. I still like the meander the best, because it doesn't require me to think as much as loops. I found I would get on a roll and the loops would all be going in the same direction. This was an end section where I was a little better about keeping the loops going in different directions. In the end all that matters is that Mr. Hollywood was happy with it.
Now the good news is that they believe they found the issue with my machine and it was repaired. I tested it in the store and had no issues, now it is a matter of loading a quilt and testing it. Hopefully that will happen on Monday. For now I'm linking up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, TGIFF...at Quokka Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Let's Bee Social @ SewFreshQuilts.