I think the title of this post should be "What I learned today". I learned a lot and well while learning can be fun - this kind of learning - not so fun.
You see, I had my urgent quilt loaded on the long arm. Remember?
|Quilt on the long arm - ready to quilt|
Well, look where the quilt is now.....................
|Quilt off the long arm - ready to be ripped apart|
I roll the quilt to the next row and OH NO - say it isn't so!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, the quilting design that I had chosen, while generic and multi-directional, wasn't going to fit in the second row of the quilt. There is a design element in the second row of the quilt that is not quite the same as the rest of the quilt. When I loaded the quilt, I loaded the bottom first although it did cross my mind to load it the other way. If I would have loaded the top first, then I would have had no problem as the top would set the pattern for the rest of the quilt. Starting at the bottom - well -not so good. Come to think of it - starting at the top may have had the same issue and then I would have had many more rows to rip out. What I needed to do what start the planning with the second row and then the pattern would have rippled out.
Either way - GRRRRRRR!!!!!! I just stared at the quilt in complete silence. Too stunned to even say a bad word. Can I make this work? No - the pattern was too specific - there was no way. I thought of several hours of standing over the long arm ripping those stitches out - some of it stitch in the ditch. My back ached at the thought. So I took the quilt right off the long arm and sat down to do the ripping out. There are five sections - two are ripped out, three to go.
Let's just say that that quilt is no longer urgent. There is no way that I can get the ripping done and requilt it before tomorrow. I'll just have to fess up that the quilt I entered was not ready! Oh well - it happens.
But did I learn anything from this? Lots!
What I learned:
1. If you are entering a challenge, don't wait until the absolute last possible minute to get it done
2. Don't enter a quilt in a show unless it is mostly done - well this one was - sort of
3. When choosing a custom quilt design, think about the ENTIRE quilt, not just one block
I probably (no most definitely) will remember number 3. Number 1 and 2 - nope - I doubt I'll change!
It was just one of those RIPPING good days as I had another project that needed some major ripping. I had agreed to repair a quilt for someone. Don't go there! Just don't!
|Quilt to be repaird|
Now what needed to be fixed? The family dog had a play date with the quilt - the dog won! The binding got attacked.
|Rip in the binding|
|Even bigger rip in the binding|
I decided (and with the owner's blessing) to remove the binding.
|Removing the hand stitching|
|Binding completely off the quilt|
Next up, I pressed the binding (leaving it folded in half) and took most of the bits of thread off the binding.
|Pressed and most of the threads removed.|
Once that is done, there are numerous chews, bites and cuts throughout the quilt (I think there are 12 in total). I'm going to repair the biggest ones, see where I am time wise on the quilt, get approval or not from the customer to continue and then it'll be done. Did I mention that this quilt is HUGE! Which is going to make the hand stitching all that more fun!
Did I learn anything from this? Of course!
Things I learned
1. NEVER agree to repair another quilt
I've repaired several over the years and while it is like detective work - first to find the problem, then to solve the problem - how to repair and where to find the missing fabrics. That is the fun part. Then the actual work - well that's not so fun. But put on good music or have good company and it will get done.
The good news about my urgent quilt - since no one will have seen it - I'm going to submit it to a magazine. Why not - the darn thing is done and I might as well get some use from it!
On that note, I'm out of here!
Have a great day!!!