I’m learning something the hard way: NEVER RUSH THROUGH BASTING THE QUILT.
I spent a lot of time on this little quilt. The paper foundations look like this:
Four foundations are joined to make the block.
There are about 35 seams in each of the 16 blocks. It wasn’t exactly a one-weekend project.
So by the time I finished the top, I was pretty much “over it.” I was in a hurry to start quilting. I rushed through the basting. I pulled the backing taut (much too taut) and used a minimum of safety pins. I slapped it down and started quilting—I had an idea that excited me so I jumped right in.
This quilt began developing lumps and bumps and the ugliest puffiness ever. (It was much worse than it looks in the photos.)
I soldiered on, thinking that more quilting would help.
More quilting did not help.
I brought it to the Quiltmaker office, to see what my co-workers thought. One said she’d take it out. Another said she’d leave it in. A third was silent. (Probably a bad sign.)
I really did not want to rip, so I quilted some more. Flatness, my friend, where are you?? Nowhere on this quilt, that’s for sure.
I finally faced up to it. I was never going to be happy with this quilt. I had invested enough time that I didn’t want to finish things up by doing a crummy job of quilting. It was time to rip.
I tried a couple of different seam rippers, and found that because of the zigzag stitches which are quite long, ripping wasn’t going to be as bad as I’d thought. I could carefully slide the ripper under each one easily and the entire job wouldn’t take more than a few hours.
So here I sit: my favorite chair, my favorite music on Pandora radio, my seam ripper and my quilt. I’ve started frogging (you know: ripit, ripit). One and one-half TV shows later, I once again have three distinct parts instead of a lumpy quilt sandwich.
You can see from the leftover thread in the batting that I was quite far along with the quilting before deciding to rip it out.
So—here we go again. Sometimes we learn things the hard way.
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