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When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilts

You know the old expression about having to break a few eggs to make an omelet? Well, I find it holds equally true for quilting. Exhibit A is the sad little guy that ended up in the trash yesterday. Sometimes you just have to know when to let go.

I love making quilts and various quilted accessories. What I’m not so big on is the actual quilting process. Ugh! Is it because I have pretty poor quilting skills? Yes! That’s totally the reason. It’s too late, though: I’m addicted to the end result, so there’s no choice but to keep plugging away, trying to improve.

I was going to say that the part I love is the piecing, but that’s not exactly true, either. Selecting the fabrics and arranging them like a puzzle is great. The actual sewing-pressing-sew again-more pressing process? Meh. Again, it’s the end result that keeps me moving along.

So, anyway, yesterday I decided that some quilting needed to be done before I add one more single project to the teetering pile marked “waiting to be quilted”. Unfortunately, my free-motion skills—or lack thereof —do not translate well to the smaller scale. Yikes. Scrapped that first one and opted to go more of a straight-lined pattern the next time around. It was better, but still not great. Hang on—maybe this is more of a job for the walking foot. Do I dare, after the Great Quilt Debacle of ’06? Well, at least this project is smaller and easier to pitch than those were. As it turns out, smaller is better when it comes to me and the walking foot. The next batch was totally acceptable, which meant that the day ended without any tears or flinging of any and all objects within easy reach. Score! Today I’m going to see if the mojo’s still working. Have to get back to replenishing the “waiting…” pile, don’t you know.

By the way, if you happen to have stopped in for the first time by way of Whip Up, welcome! Thanks for the mention, Kim! I’ll admit, I was pretty excited about being featured amongst such good company.


3 responses »

  1. I’m guessing the mojo is still working. 🙂 you are so darn crafty! you’ll have this figured out in no time.

  2. I’ve yet to attempt quilting yet so big props for trying – you’ll have that omelet in no time!

  3. I can relate to the machine quilting woes. I quilt just on muslin until I felt confident with my free motion quilting. Even then it isn’t great. Yet I continue on with hope of getting good. Good luck with your own quilting.


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