Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stacked Coins update & Quilting Mistakes

I've been working on this quilt whenever I can over the last several days, and have made a lot of progress.  I love that it is a small, simple quilt to put together.  Because of that, I was able to choose a more detailed quilting pattern that required more time than straight line, stippling, or loops, etc.  But I still made a lot of mistakes along the way:

Sometimes the needle and the quilting get away from me, and before I know it there's a big ugly mistake.  And of course it happened on this red square, where (to me) it is pretty glaring.  I make a lot more mistakes like this when I am mentally or physically tired, or when I'm not paying enough attention. 

Here's a good looking red piece for comparison.

This is a wrinkle (two actually, the second is in the top left corner, but out of focus).  It happened because I ripped the sashing material, rather than cut it.  I usually do this though, and it has no ill effects.  I rip the longer lengths of material because no matter what I've tried, my cutting comes out terribly crooked .  After I rip, I iron to get everything nice again.  But with this muslin, the ripping pulled/gathered the edges along the whole length, and despite my aggressive ironing, it still did weird things to the quilt top.  Once I started quilting, the quilt top start puckering, and then wrinkling.  Luckily the many wrinkles/puckers on the quilt are small, and I doubt most people will even notice them at all once it has been washed.

This happened twice on this quilt, though this time it was much worse!  As I am quilting near the edge, the backing material somehow flips under, and gets quilted in.  The only fix is to rip out all the quilting there and re-quilt it.  My only solutions are to use a spray baster near the edges, or pin the backing to the batting so it can't flip under.

I'd say I make at least one of this mistakes/accidents per quilt, though with some quilts it's all of them.  I finished all the quilting yesterday evening.  I love the way the paisleys look on this quilt, but am so glad I'm done!  They are a lot of work.

Sneak peak at the front.

Small piece of the back.

All that is left for this quilt is to trim/square it and put on the binding and label!  Then I can get back to the bear claw quilt :-)

3 comments:

  1. Ooh! Pretty! I'm sure your grandma won't notice any mistakes. I don't think I could handle a paisley design without going crazy.

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  2. Well, I'm kind of glad to see that I'm not the only one who has had the back fabric flip over and cause tons of frustration! I did it months ago and haven't had a clue how to fix it, so I just put it aside. Not looking forward to pulling out all the stitches, but at least now I have a solution. :)

    This quilt is so gorgeous-I love the paisley quilting! How do you do the pattern though?? I can't control the thing well enough to get loops that look halfway decent, I can't begin to understand how you do such a pretty pattern!

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  3. This is the video I watched to get an idea of how to make paisleys: http://www.daystyledesigns.com/paisley.htm Before I started quilting, I practiced drawing it on some paper.

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