A friend of mine works at the quilt store, so I generally try to plan my trips around the days that she’s working which was the case yesterday. With 3 (now 1.5!) blocks left to piece I thought it was about time to buy the fabric for the back of the quilt I’ve been working on. The finished size will be 84″ x 84″ and with a recommended 4″ around all sides I was getting close to needing wide back fabric and since that would save me sewing a seam, I decided to start there. I finally decided on this Kaffe Fassett Green Carpet 108″ backing fabric. It has the medium green, lime green, and a bit of purple in it so I hope it plays well with the front of the quilt.
As I was checking out, the owner noticed that the tension was off a little bit – I had taken my most recent finished block with me – and suggested I clean out anything that had accumulated under the needle plate. I love it! I appreciated so much that she wants the quilt to look the best that it can and offered a way to help me out. I went home and the first thing I did was to open up the needle late.
Is it just me, or do these piles of lint and dirt that propagate resemble an alien creature to anyone else? The finished pile looked like a little alien that could just stand up and walk out of that machine on its own if it wanted to! The best part? My stitches immediately looked perfect. I do clean my machine regularly but her point was I needed to do it more often with paper piecing. Kaffe Fassett backing fabric? $15.99 a yard. Passing along some much-needed advice? Priceless.