Friday, June 17, 2011

Jessica and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Quilting Day :(

In first or second grade, I remember my teacher reading a book to us, and the title has stuck with me ever since: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This label has come up on a few select days in my life where it seems like everything goes wrong (I'm sure everyone has those days). Well, quilting was bad today. Just bad :(

I don't like to complain or emit negativity, but I knew that my readers would be able to relate. Twice, I couldn't get my bobbin to wind (I tried about twenty times each time and finally, somehow, got it to work - don't ask me how because I couldn't answer that!).

Then, I realize that the stippling - this is my first time doing free motion on a quilt bigger than baby size- was off in many places. I'm having trouble stitching evenly. So, I spent some much-needed quality time with my seam ripper.

I realized that I'll use two full spools of thread for the quilting. Boo. Poor college student - but at least thread isn't TOO expensive...

Then - I realized that the basting I did with many, many pins and safety pins, did not really help. The quilt seems more puffy than flat, although I'm not done quilting yet. Next time I'm definitely going to try basting spray - which I recently received a tutorial and several tips about from Ceri at InspiredbyFelix (thanks, Ceri!) :).

But, arghhh. I just wanted to get most of it done so I can sew the binding this weekend! I guess I should be grateful that my sewing machine is in working order.

And today was the last day of school, so I'm not subbing anymore - SO, I can sew all the time! I hope.

Thanks for reading my rant if you got this far! =P :) I *should* have some "finish" photos posted at the beginning of next week.


  1. Basting can be frustrating. Did you secure the back and batting to the floor first? On hard surface use tap being careful to pull it tight but not stretch the shape. On rugs I pin all the layers and smooth carfully. The pin every 4-5 inches. Oh make sure you adjust the pressure setting for the presser foot. It needs to be less then when just piecing.

  2. For me, the hardest part is always basting! Sorry it was a rough one...

  3. Ugh! How frustrating. Yes, I can relate - especially to "puffy" versus "flat"!

  4. I am no good at basting either. It can be very frustrating. I think that is why I have about 3 tops that need to be basted. Hope this week goes much better.


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