Monday 28 April 2014

Spools Quilt (quilting on my new Juki and Swiftquilter)

Before Easter I ordered a new Juki TL98-P and Swiftquilter quilting frame from Sew Frisco.  Everything arrived in Wellington safe and sound, and with the help of friends and family, I spent Good Friday rearranging my spare room and setting up the frame and machine.

Juki and Swiftquilter

This is the machine on the frame before a quilt is loaded, and below is when I was nearly finished quilting the spools quilt.

Spools Quilt 

I am planning a proper blog post introducing the Juki and the Swiftquilter, but at the moment I am happy to say that I'm really really loving the whole set-up.  It's even better than I expected it to be, and that doesn't happen often!

Spools Quilt 

Once I had my set-up sorted, I made a practice quilt sandwich and quilted lots of designs on a plain fabric background.  That was fun, but then I needed something else to quilt.  My friend Anne came to the rescue and gave me a few things to play with, including this spools quilt.  It was a block of the month at our local guild which Anne won and then assembled into a quilt top.  She even had the back all made and ready to go!

Spools Quilt 

Anne let me have free reign on the quilting, so I decided to take the opportunity to try out lots of different designs - one for each spool, in fact.  I quilted all the spool ends the same, with a back and forth wiggle, and did a fairly large scale meander in the background.

Spools Quilt 

This quilt will be given away to charity eventually - once I get over the attachment I formed while quilting it!  A nice simple black and white check binding ties all the colours of the quilt top together nicely.

Spools Quilt

So while I'm planning my post all about the Juki and the Swiftquilter, I'd love to know what you would like to know.  Fire your questions at me - I can't promise that I'll answer every single one, but I'll try to cover the bulk of them.

Quilt Stats
Finished Size: approx 50" by 80"
Fabric: lots and lots of different fabrics
Backing: Dear Stella Paris Map fabric
Binding: unknown black and white check
Pieced by: Anne aka Elmosmate
Quilted by: me on my Juki/Swiftquilter rig

I'll be linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway from Fabricworm!  I'm delighted to announce that comment number 9 was picked and I'll be in touch with the lucky winner very shortly!

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Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh wow, you have the machine of my dreams. I actually am saving money at the moment to buy one. :-)
Your quilting looks great!
What I try to find out, but had no luck until now: what kind of spools needs the Juki, and how are the feet attached? I mean, is it possible to use feet from other machines?
(here in Germany I can only order the Juki online, and cannot try it out at a shop)
So any informations would be great! :-)

Molli Sparkles said...

I want to know everything about the Swiftquilter. What are the exact dimensions, width and depth? Height adjustment? Table top or for floor? Can it be folded away, or even worth it? What's the width of the largest quilt it will hold? Length? What's it missing, or a feature you wish it had? Easy to assemble? How do you make the machine run with the foot pedal, or is there an attachment that changes that? What's the glide like, heavy, light, perfect? You're my quilting jealousy nĂºmero uno at the moment!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Ooh... Your setup looks fantastic! I already have (and ADORE) the Juki so I look forward to everything about the frame. How big, how much quilting space, ease of loading quilts and a host of other questions that I don't know enough to ask!

barbara woods said...
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Mrs Flying Blind... said...

OK, so La Sparkles asked ALL the questions!
I am so jealous!!

Leanne said...

I am so happy to see you quilting with a frame like this, it is so much fun.

Erica said...

I am so excited for you, this is amazing!

Heather @ Winding Bobbins said...

Love your new set-up! You made quick work of that spools quilt and it turned out great.

AmyH said...

Molli, do we need a Trans Tasman trip?

Jill said...

That's really cool. I love the different patterns you tried out. I've never had one of my quilts machine quilted before, but my sister does it all the time. Maybe when I make something that I think is good enough to invest the time and money in! Thanks for sharing.

jeifner said...

Very interesting! I'm so excited for you! I'm sure as you explore it we'd all love hear about all your discoveries. No detail's too small :)

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Hurray for your new set up! And on a side note, I *love* that spools quilt - I may just have to suggest it as a quilt along for my guild now!

barbara woods said...

Did you get my address?, Thanks again

Carla said...

This is so gorgeous! Wonderful

Gemini Jen NZ said...

What a super quilt to be able to practice the designs on! Looks great. Enjoy the new machine/set-up!

dutchcomfort said...

Gorgeous quilting Adrianne! Congrats on the new Swiftquilter!

Kristy said...

Congrats on your purchase!! I'm so jealous, hehehe. Can't wait to see all of the additional amazing quilting you will be doing now.

Carla said...

This is pretty much the same set up that I have been using for about 8 years except that it is on a Grace frame. Are the roller bars aluminum on your frame? You will find that the Juki is a real work horse!

Jo said...

Love this! Keep meaning to do a spools quilt!

Unknown said...

I have exactly the same long arm quilting machine and had it ordered from NZ.