I finished the quilt today. I could have done a bit more but I was done. I think that I should have practiced some more. I am not unhappy with the finished product, none the less. It is definitely a practice piece. Betsy loves it. I am giving it to her.
I learned a lot. Frame machine quilting is not easy. It takes practice and a certain understanding of how machine, fabric, needle, thread and frame interact. I think that a faster machine might be easier. I have a stitch control device on this machine but did not use one on the smaller frame. I could remove it but I have all this experience now. I am definitely going back to practicing before I attempt another quilt.
I serged the edge. Someone I know will be happy that I used it. It is hard to tell in the photo below but the quilt is folded on itself. What you see is the serged edge of the quilt lying on top of the quilt back.
I stitched along the design in the fabric. It makes for an interesting front, but a very messy looking back. Like I said, I needed more practice. The trick, I learned, is to start quilting by moving the machine forward and then start the backward and side to side design. Think about it, the machine is designed to stitch in a forward direction and so if you start that way, there is much less difficulty. I don't think that I jammed one needle today. WOOT WOOT.
But, my darling 15-90 as a treadle could do it. I marched through the jeans french seam, doubled, no problems. I love that machine. (PS I used the serger on the hem of these jeans too.)