Quilting is always an adventure.
So I finished the piece that I pebbled. While I was pretty happy with the quilting on this one (odd for me), I learned a couple of lessons, again.
First, I read a lot of stuff. There were quite a few people that recommended using quilting gloves. I could not figure out how that would help me. So, after considerable time, I ordered a pair. They actually sat on the kitchen counter until I was half way through this piece (I have no idea why). I happen to pass by the kitchen counter and grabbed them and holy cow did it make a difference. It was so much easier to move the piece around. I bought Machingers and they worked awesome. It was a great $10 investment towards my quilting sanity (I need to stop being so cheap).
Second thing I learned is to pay attention to everything. I used some scraps from a dog quilt I made some time ago. I hung onto them because I am the crazy dog lady. I usually use scrap pieces of batting on these small pieces. I have a giant bag of them in my sewing room. So, I grabbed one that was big enough without a lot of thought. Started he quilting and noticed that it stuck to everything. I had pieces of this batting on everything. Looking at it after it was too late, I discovered that it was some sort of odd polyester. Thinking about it, I found it odd that I would have ever made a quilt with it. I think it might have been a piece of snow from my Christmas village that someone accidentally stuck in my batting bag. So, I don’t like how this piece feels. It is so lightweight. But, it has my cute dog fabric, so I will have to use it. Lesson learned. Pay attention to everything.