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 :-)


  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.

  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!

  3. This is the video I watched to get an idea of how to make paisleys: Before I started quilting, I practiced drawing it on some paper.