I agonized over how to finish it for WEEKS! I did some more simple borders, carefully measuring each one to make it increase in size at the same rate. Mistake #1 was the last border should have been about a half inch wider to take into account the binding covering it. That isn't such a big deal because I have done this many times before on other quilts. I need to learn my lesson and remember to take into account that final border measurement on future quilts!
The added fan borders are not pretty though. They are not even or equal and have a huge bump where the points all meet.
Then the quilting fiasco started. You can see some good and some (very) bad stitching. I had SO many tension issues with this quilt!!! It wasn't the quilt's fault though. It was my setup. I still have not worked out all the bugs.
Here you can see where the bottom thread (black) came up to the top:
This is much prettier if you don't notice the pale green thread that joined those two vertical seams:
If it wasn't wrinkles, it was loopies:I am considering taking this shameful thing to the quilt guild to show all the mistakes. I want to also tell them what I have learned from my mistakes! Perhaps it will make others keep trying and realize that they don't have to give up just because their quilt isn't perfect at home. I will use this as an everyday quilt or perhaps as a pet bed if it falls apart. lol
In MUCH better news, the hexagon quilt is now mounted on the machine frame and I am using this setup to thread-baste it. Then I will take it off the machine frame and hand quilt it.
The Juki is working fine on the frame. The Pfaff Grand-Quilter that was giving me fits on the frame is working like a champ on the table. I am still not sure why. I am trying several things out though, to see if I can get an idea of where the tension issues are coming from when the Pfaff is on the frame vs the Juki that has had no tension issues.
I would love input from you, dear readers, on whether or not taking the House Medallion Quilt to the guild and sharing how bad it really is with others, would be a good thing? Your thoughts?