Mainly because the new walking foot I had to buy to replace my broken one doesn't allow me to position the guide bar to the left of my needle. In fairness, I'm not sure that the last one did either in an official sense, but I was able to manipulate it slightly and the guide would stay in place to the left meaning that the bulk of the quilt remained to the left throughout the process rather than having to be crammed, coerced and downright bullied through the not-terribly-large throat of my machine.
The result of the substantial manhandling of this Bee Blessed quilt is that the wonk of the crosses has now been joined by a significant wobble in the spiral. It's very hard to keep the curve smooth when there's so much hauling going on. This 70" square looks a little more like a wobbly puddle ripple than I had intended. Fingers crossed that the washer and dryer will help improve the look before this quilt is passed on for donation.
So, clever peeps out there, I have a sneaky feeling that there must have been a way for me to quilt the spiral with the guide bar to the right of the needle without all of this heartache (shoulder ache and backache too). Was I doing something wrong? Could I have helped myself by doing something obvious? I do have a tendency to make life difficult for myself at times but I started this quilt 6 times and I just cannot see here how I could have changed the process without changing the guide bar position. Any ideas? Does your guide bar work both left and right of the needle? Is this just a quirk of my Janome model that the bar will only sit to the right? Any helpful suggestions will be gratefully received because I do like to quilt in a spiral but would honestly not want to go through this 'right of the needle' process again!
Sorry if that got a bit technical. Back to quilts.
I've stitched up the hipBees concentric box blocks into a flimsy and I really like how it has come together -
Then, I worked on piecing a back from some fun fabric with a ziggy siggy panel down the middle.
So yep, that makes another one basted and ready for quilting - not a spiral though!