I’m still working on my quilt for my mom. I had hoped to get it quilted and bound before I left for my visit home on Friday. Ha.
Things went okay Monday. Basting took longer than I thought and I almost had to do it on our concrete deck since the quilt was larger than our kitchen and bigger than our craft table. I finally decided to flip over our area rug and use the back of that. It worked better than I hoped but I think I could/should have pinned more. It’s my first quilt so I’m expecting issues.
Anyway, yesterday morning, I decided I should make a doll quilt to practice the walking foot on since I have never quilted before or used a walking foot on a sewing machine. (People who really know me will be so proud because normally I’d have shrugged and gone ahead with quilting as originally planned.) I made the doll quilt big enough to fit the doll cradle my dad made back when I was two or three (my older sister gave hers to her daughter) so I’m hoping dad made them a similar size and my niece will be surprised when it arrives.
It took a couple of hours to put it together but it definitely helped me overcome my walking foot nerves… (and I got to say that I enjoyed making the doll quilt much more than I expected.) However, quilting a 18X24 in quilt is WAY different than a throw that’s almost the size of a twin.
I read a bunch of different tutorials and watched some videos to see how other way more experienced quilters handled quilting on a small machine. Obviously, it didn’t quite sink in. Too bad I didn’t check my back after the first line of stitching.
I managed three lines on my mom’s quilt before I realized how badly I had screwed up. I spent about 2 hours yesterday slowly taking out those lines and I’m not done yet. For the first time for this whole project, I wanted to burst into tears and throw my seam ripper. Instead, I sighed loudly and turned on the TV to see what shows I had in my queue… I spent the rest of the day watching Law & Order: SVU episodes from October… The Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials just added to the viewing. (I haven’t been watching near as much TV as I use to… mainly because I’ve been crafting…)
So after my errands today, I’ll be back on our couch watching TV and ripping out the quilting I did yesterday. I’m mentally sighing just thinking about it but it has to be done. I think hand-quilting might be the way to go. Or I could find someone to do the quilting for me. HA! I like that idea even better but I want to be able to say I made this (without any qualifiers). My pride hasn’t given up the fight yet… I do think I might be sticking to smaller quilts after this current one is finished.
I’m planning on practicing binding on the doll quilt before I move to my mom’s too so I should finish them both about the same time.