Monday, September 3, 2012

A Little Quilting Drama

Don't you hate it when you are getting your free motion quilting groove on and then all of the sudden you realize there is a weird bulk that you can't smooth out.  You try and try, and nope won't smooth out.  So you flip you flip to the back to see what the issue is and suddenly realize with horror, that your backing has flipped back and you are quilting the edge of it into your quilt back!!!   Grrrr!!!!  I can't tell you how many times I have done this!!!!

I swear, I check this over and over while quilting.   I pin around the edges of my quilt to avoid it.  I trim  fabric before starting.   Yet somehow, I still manage to sew my excess backing to the side of the quilt.  Yup, time to pull out the seam ripper :)  Please tell me I am not the only one that does this ;)


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28 comments:

  1. Nope, you are not the only one who has done this!
    I've even done it while sewing in sleeves into a dress, I've even done it sewing strips of blocks together.
    Nope, you are not the only one!
    But just think how pretty it will be when you are done!
    Take care, Leslie

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  2. I did this just the other day. GRRRRRR

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  3. Oh Melissa I have also done this several times.. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It's times like this the ripper is our friend......

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  4. I did that just last night on my brother's wedding quilt. Fortunately, I hadn't snagged too much of the backing and was able to gingerly cut it out of the stitching. No harm done this time... but there have been other times... MAJOR DISASTERS!

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  5. i do it all the time! I even check and double check, but somehow when im in the motion of quilting the little buggers sneak over.

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  6. Yup, totally been there. I do a little dance when I get done with a quilt if it DOESN'T happen. Aaaand I don't do that happy dance all that often. LOL!

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  7. You are NOT the only one who does this.....it drives me to distraction!

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  8. You are definitely not the only one!! You've got those adorable loopies down to a science though, you'll make it up in no time I'm sure!

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  9. You are nit the only one. Gives me great solace to know I am not the only one who does it.

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  10. This has happened to me way too often. It is indeed frustrating, but I'm sure you will have yours fixed and back on track in no time.

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  11. And seam ripping usually happens when we are SURE everything is going along just fine - then oops . . . . . . . !}

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  12. Unfortunately you are NOT the only one....man I hate it when this happens. Ripping out all those little quilted stitches is such drudgery.

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  13. It happens to all of us :P I hope your weather is cool and you can snuggle under it while you pick away :)

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  14. I've done this before. And the last disaster was that I quilted a little loose piece of fabric to the back. I'm not even sure where it came from, but grrrr...... I could not even rip it out. I had to trim, trim trim very very close. And then I stuck the label over it :-) Good save.

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  15. Whoops!! I've never done this. Okay I've never done any free motion quilting either and that's why I've never done this!!!

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  16. Yes that happened to me once I was so annoyed but as it was just a quilt for me I didn't bother to rip out the stitches. I guess now I've been sewing longer I would probably take the time to fix it =D

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  17. You're not the only one - but I do it when I'm sewing the blasted binding on - making it even MORE bulky in those places! Grrrrrrr..........

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  18. I've done this too. It's so frustrating!! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one.

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  19. I do it all the time too. Beautiful quilting though!

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  20. Been there, done that, always a pain... :)

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  21. Don't worry! Just finished FMQ-ing a 70x90 log cabin quilt and I quilted the flipped backing 3x while doing the border. The last one was the biggest, it took me almost an hours just to rip out the stitches. I didn't even realize it until I had to pin the binding. I was ready to pull my hair out!:)

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  22. Of course you're not.... I do that almost all the time! If its just an inch or so, sometimes if the design permits, I just trim off the quilt... ;) Otherwise, its a good project to work on when you're watching tv!

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  23. Can intellect you when i was quilting the following the leaderna few weeks back I was doing 'rounds on the outer sashing ans was on round four whenninrealized I had fought the extra batting in mynstitches! What a mess! And the background was black so all those little pills stuck out! Ggggrrrrrrr

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  24. I've done it, too. After the first time it happened I came up with a solution. Bring the backing around to the front of the quilt top and pin it in place (along with the extra batting) along the outside edge, just past where the quilt top stops. I do several small folds over top of each other working in toward the edge of the quilt top. I haven't had that problem since I started doing it this way. :) Hope that helps!

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  25. I do this all the time and really hate it! Hope it helps to know you're not the only one!!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa