Seam Ripping and Hand Stitching

I’m making a quilt for my eldest, and it’s going to be finished in time for Christmas her 8th birthday before she graduates high school. I hope.

Let’s just say that I’ve learned a valuable lesson about how a twin size quilt is perhaps not the best thing on which to learn to machine quilt, especially on a notoriously picky sewing machine that tends to get thrown off-tension at the slightest hint of fuzz in the machine and then create a giant wad of thread on the back.

My friend, the seam ripper. Also, rainbow unicorn fabric!

Because once this happens three or four times, in the middle of the quilt (of course), I gave up, ripped it all out and started over with hand quilting. Which may be slow, but at least when it’s done it’s done. No thinking I’ve finished a section and then checking the back and finding out it’s a huge mess.

Hand Sewing

Slow but steady.

I still want to learn to machine quilt (or to see if it’s even possible on my machine), but next time I’ll try it on a smaller project. Like a mug rug.

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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