Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good

I bought myself a new quilting tool a couple of weeks ago and now that I've had time to actually use them a bit, I can honestly say that it was the best purchase I made in a long, long time.


These gloves make it so much easier to grab and hold on to the quilt sandwich during quilting.  They are just amazing.  And they are comfortable.  I thought it would feel weird to wear gloves for quilting, but it's not.  They are light and fit very nicely.  I bought mine here.  If you still haven't tried using these gloves, I highly recommend that you give them a try.

The Bad

I got down on the floor Friday night to pin baste Nine-Patch Flip (will be my LYOF goal for May) and managed to do all of the stitching in the ditch around the blocks, but then got busy.  Friends came over for dinner Saturday night, I had to do some gardening and today, I had a birthday party to go to.  So I had to leave Nine-Patch Flip on the sewing machine at the cottage, with only 1 little block quilted.



The Ugly

The 1 block I got quilted... looks like this:

Can you see the huge pucker right there?

I obviously need to get better at basting my quilts.  :-(  Will I rip out the stitches?  No.  This quilt is going to stay at home with me.  Besides, as Leah Day says:  If I always rip out my mistakes, I'm only going to get good at ripping, not at free motion quilting.  So I plan on quilting many more pebbles when I get to the cottage next weekend.

What do you do when you make a mistake like that?  Do you rip out your stitches? 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Izzy

5 comments:

  1. I probably wouldn't rip it out either. I don't think it will show up as much after washing and drying.

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  2. I just got a pair of gloves like that and you are SO RIGHT. They do make a huge difference. When I have a mistake like that, I leave it. Usually when I step away from it and I'm not so hyper focused on it, it seems to disappear. Funny how big of a deal it is when it 10 inches from your face and not so much when it is just part of the whole. :)

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  3. I am quilting hubby's wolf quilt in bits then adding another border then quilting a little... I can say I have a couple of bubbly puckered places to but after it goes through the wash I won't notice them I'm sure. He definitely won't since he'll just be happy to finally have his quilt. I don't worry about mistakes in the quilts we keep either!

    On another note... quilting gloves are THE best thing every invented for quilting in my opinion! :D

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  4. I'll have to try the gloves! I use the rubber fingertips you can find at an office supply store when I quilt. About the pucker in your quilt, that has happened to me more times than I care to remember LOL!! In the past I have taken out some of the stitches and eased the pucker out by spreading the fabric around a bit, rather than taking all the stitches out. This has had mixed results for me. I have also tried to shrink the fabric a bit by wetting the area and then ironing it a bit, which has worked well for me by making the pucker a bit smaller. It depends on if you washed the fabric before you made the quilt or not. If you didn't, chances are it will shrink the pucker more.

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  5. I've tried some different gloves, but I hate having something covering my hands.

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