Today's post is subtitled "how I learned to stop stressing and love my walking foot." My friend Bernie over at Needle and Foot is having an event where we celebrate our quilty blunders and mistakes. Boy, is that me! I make mistakes all the time. Points get cut off or don't match, or seams are too wide, or I go wild with the rotary cutter and cut all my pieces the wrong size. Let's not even talk about the color errors. This week, though, in honor of Bernie's event, I decided to erase a really big mistake I made with a cute little quilt. Here it is:
Anyone recognize this? I made the top in 2015 and then I finally quilted it up in 2017. It looked really nice in photos, but I have to confess that the quilting was atrocious. I mean really bad. Take a look:
That's just one part. Look at this:
Tucks on the front! I didn't even notice these at first, and only saw them after I had washed it.
I don't really know what happened here. I can do some simple free motion stuff and have it look good, but this time the quilt kept dragging and the machine hated the thread and I hurried too much. Also, I used the white thread on the red areas, which made everything look worse. I really like it when the thread all blends with the fabric. I did see that the quilting didn't look too great when I was doing it, but then I thought that it would look better after I washed it.
It did not look better. If anything, it looked worse. It got to the point where just looking at it made me sad, so I left it in the closet and did nothing with it. This is even sadder! Bernie's event was just the kick in the pants I needed to do something to fix this little quilt.
How do you fix quilting that bad? There's only one way-- you rip it out. Really. So that's what I did!
It took forever to take the stitches out (and made a crazy mess) but it was absolutely the right call. I gave the top a new backing and batting (because the others just were not usable after all that ripping) and then pulled out the walking foot.
|So much better!|
It worked so great, and I feel so much better about this little quilt. There are still plenty of mistakes this time around, but I'm not going to point them out. Instead, I'm going to enjoy the fact that I have saved this quilt and can be happy to use it again.
|New backing, reused binding|
I did reuse the binding, which is that fun green that I think gives the quilt a little zip. For anyone who's curious, I did reopen the seam that finished the binding to make it easier to put on, and then I sewed the new seam at the end. It was just a bit too long for the restitched quilt, so that was a good choice. I meant to do a machine binding, but I stitched it to the front by mistake, so it got hand stitched to the back.
|Crosshatching in the border|
Some of you may be wondering why I put so much effort into a small quilt that's just going to get used on my table and isn't really very important. All I can say is that it made me sad and I sort of felt sorry for it, plus I was really embarrassed by the poor quilting. I should have stopped when I was quilting it the first time, but I didn't, and that was a failing on my part. In its new form, this quilt no longer feels like failure, and isn't that the worst part about the mistakes we make?
So, that's the last chapter in the story of this little quilt! I hope the story was encouraging to some of you, or at least amusing. It's a happy ending, both for this little quilt and for me, and I could not be more pleased. Hurray for that walking foot, right?
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I'll be working outside until the rain comes, erasing some gardening errors out there. There are things to be torn out and dirt to be shoveled. This is a good thing!
Sharing at Bernie's linkup, and also at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finished or Not Friday.