Also not pretty? The little quilt that I wanted to be my finish for this week:
This little quilt is cute, but it counts as a fail for me, at least for now. I finished this a long time ago and chose the backing and everything. It's time for it to be completely finished! I tried two new things on this quilt and messed up both of them. I should stick to just one new thing at a time.
It all started with this:
Yikes! What can that possibly be? That, my friends, is all the quilting work I've been putting off for at least the last year. Okay, maybe a little longer. Some of these were tops from before we moved that I never got around to, so I just folded them up and packed them away, but most are from the last year at the condo, when I had no space to actually quilt them up. Now that there's room, I have both of my machines set up *plus* a table just to quilt on, so I thought I would spend much of the next few weeks quilting these up. I thought I would start with the smallest ones and work my way up from there. Great plan, right?
Here's where I went wrong--I almost always thread baste the old fashioned way. I only use pins on tiny things where it doesn't matter that much, like mug rugs or very small wall hangings. Thread basting goes so much faster for me and works really, really well. It holds everything together nice and secure and I haven't had wrinkles in the back. But I thought I'd use pins here and just try it. Yeah, here's what happened:
A big wrinkle! Stitched in! There are a couple of smaller ones too. Before you ask, yes, I used a walking foot, I smoothed everything, I checked the back all the time, and I used lots of pins. I should not have wrinkles! What to do now? Ripping it out seems to be the only solution, but the very thought makes me tired.
Here's my other mistake-- the spiral quilting. It turn out looking pretty nice here, but I think I made it too close together. It took forever and the top is very stiff. How far apart would you make your spirals? These are about a half-inch apart, which seemed to be right for a small quilt. I was wrong about that. Again, ripping seems to be the only solution.
So, I was going to admit defeat and start on another one, doing something completely different (and more fun), but then this happened:
Siiiggghhh. How does this even happen? It's just completely unspooling. Time to pack it in for now.
So, that was my big fail for the week! I did mean what I said earlier, though--I have to work my way through those tops. Seems like a good project for the holiday period, doesn't it? We'll see how it goes! I'm going to spend the weekend piecing together some batting and cutting some backings. Hope you have something fun lined up! If you have any good suggestions for my failed little quilt, let me know!
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