Friday, January 9, 2015

Life's Up and Downs!

Well, it has been a successful week!  I was able to put spend at least one hour a day hand quilting. The weather has been just perfect!  I bet you weren't expecting that statement today.  The truth is, it is perfect for hand quilting.  Just so you don't think I am a Pollyanna, It has had it's downs.  I thought I was deleting a draft and actually deleted my last post.  I have looked around and from what I can tell it is lost forever.  Oh well, as they say no reason to spend time crying over spilled milk.  This morning as I was finishing up my hour of stitches I noticed that some distortion happened on the very edge of the quilt.  I really have no reason to complain about it, since it was my own doing. There is only one solution and that is to remove some stitches.  I know why it happened and it is completely my fault.  So, as soon as I get done kicking myself, I will get over it and redo that area. It happened because,  I  usually take the time to stay stitch around the very edge of my quilt, but with this one I did about half of it and quit so that I could start stitching. You know that feeling!   Then the other night, I ran into the area where there was no stay stitching and continued to stitch. It really makes a difference as you can see in the photos below.


Wrong!


Better!

So lesson learned!  I will remove a few stitches, stay stitch the edge and continue the journey.  I hope everyone is staying warm with the frigid weather a lot of the country is having.  Cold here too, but the sun is shining!




13 comments:

  1. I know that feeling of wanting to get started sooner rather than waiting until I finish the previous step. I'm so impatient when it comes to getting to the hand quilting. ;-) Your stitching looks so beautiful!

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    1. I know it gets me in trouble every time! When will I learn

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  2. Lesson learned. Don't beat yourself up too much. Your quilt is looking beautiful and I'll bet you are enjoying that 1 hour of relaxing stitching time.

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    1. No, just reminds me your better off taking the time to do it right. Sometimes we just get too excited to put in those first stitches

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  3. I don't usually stay stitch the edges and now I know I should.

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    1. It really makes quilting to the edge so much better. Othewise things stretch too much!

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  4. good tip and on my Jubilee quilt, I quilting my diagonal lines from the edge up instead to the edge so it wouldn't stretch. It worked great for me.
    I love this quilt - it is a real winner

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  5. PERFECT stitches Carla. It's lovely

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  6. Carla... nice to see the difference with no stay stitching and with stay stitching... support stitches are important for sure.. and your quilt is turning out beautiful... even earning it's name.. Simple but NOT! :) Kathi

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  7. I am sorry that you had to redo some quilting but I am glad you shared so that we can all learn!

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