|i am enamored with the texture of the stipple on the large strawberry field of the backing - yummy|
i also tried using gloves. i'm undecided as to whether they are better or not.
i did make one new mistake, which makes for another lesson learned. i had to wind the bobbin shortly after starting and neglected to cut off that little tail that sticks up out of the top of the bobbin from where you thread it to start winding. big mistake. i kept getting these weird snags on the back of the quilt and what seemed like bobbin thread breakage. finally after 3 blips, i stopped to investigate. eventually i found the culprit, then was off to smooth sewing.
until about 1am, that is.
|can you see the needle head dangling from the thread?|
i got moving again, flinching every time i approached a pin, rather like i do whenever a bird flies near the car now ever since i hit a buzzard in may. (anyone want to hear that story and see pictures?) but after a bit i got cocky again and went around the pins that seemed a safe distance away.
btw, i really prefer #2 pins, the larger ones. they are much easier to get in when basting and a lot easier to get out when quilting, even with gloves on, due to the larger size.
i also got a bit of the backing's edge turned under again. all the big girls say to make the backing 2" larger than the batting on all sides, but it seems to be causing this tuck problem. how do i avoid this other than paying more attention, which is really hard to do when i'm concentrating on the flow of quilting? instead of unpicking and requilting these sections i just clipped closely around the spots. now i have a bit of applique detail on the back. just kidding. i'll tease the bits out later. mostly i'm miffed that i've cut into what will become strip scraps when the quilt is squared up and the excess backing comes off.
|baby approves - she's my biggest quilting fan|
with all my pins free, i think i'm ready to baste up "taite" and get her quilted!
that's been 2 years in coming.
|her lipstick pink patent mary janes look nice with the quilt, no?|
i have also finished unpicking "pom pom de paris"!
linking in with crazy mom quilts for friday finishes. i know, it's a cheat, but it was a good story. and the giveaway ends today so i needed to get the word out.