Why am I compelled to tell you all about my mistakes?

I quilted one of the Quick Strippie tops today and realized that I’d used the wrong side of the fabric for one of the strips … since fixing it would have involved taking out quilting stitches, taking it all off the longarm, and ripping out and resewing the strip — I left it. Although the strip is slightly lighter in color than the others, only a quilter would realize that I’d used the wrong side of the fabric. I don’t think it will matter to the child that receives this quilt!

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I also wanted to comment on piecing leftover batting. I’d bought some of the fusible tape and tried it but I have to say it worries me so I continue to zigzag mine by machine. I think the fusible could dissolve with washing and since I don’t prewash my fabrics, I always get some crinkling and shrinkage and I feel like gaps would develop between the areas where it’s held by the quilting stitches. I want a secure join especially in kids quilts that will be washed frequently. Just my opinion!

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16 thoughts on “Why?

  1. Patricia

    Love your quilting pattern! It makes the quilt. I have used the batting tape (and made my own using light tricot iron on interfacing) and have washed quilts that had both without a problem. If I were making a heirloom quilt I probably would not use it, but my quilts are usually made to be used and at this point I haven not had a problem. Just my experience.

  2. Cyndi Holguin

    I just love this quilt looks good to me. My friend told me once when it happened to me. “If you can see that mistake while riding a horse at full gallop from 5 yards away. I may fix it. I not looks good to me.”

  3. Julia

    Mary, nope don’t fix it!! Looks good as is!! I’ve gotten so I don’t mention my mistakes!! Nobody knows but me!!

  4. Penny G

    I would have to point out my mistakes too. As for batting sew it and let it be washed until the quilt falls into rags.

  5. Angie

    If you are showing in the picture the fabric that is turned with the back side up, I sure don’t see it and it looks great! Love your quilting designs on this one.

    I must confess I have tried that fusible quilt tape, and zig zag stitching edges together too. Time consuming.

    For many years now when I want to use up scraps of batting while I’m quilting I take the bottom edge of batting on the quilt frame, overlap the new piece of batting just an inch or so over the batting under the quilt and on the frame, use my batting scissors and make a straight cut through both pieces, then remove the small strips left from cutting the straight line. Butt the newly straight batting edges to each other and lay the quilt top back over this newly extended “butted up batting joint” and continue to quilt and roll. I wash all completed quilts that are going to new babies and soldiers or anyone that may be ill or hospitalized just because there is all sorts of germs, lint and debris in my sewing area and around my quilting frame and I don’t want to pass on anything that may lurk at my house to a quilt recipient that may already be in fragile health. After washing, I can’t detect where the two piece of batting have been joined. I have done this with many quilts over the years, some I’ve seen years later and the batting joints have not separated or affected the quilt in any way.

  6. Sue

    The quilt looks great. Sometimes I can’t even find my own mistakes when I go to point them out! Conclusion: no need to disclose! I’ve tried batting tape, and found it almost impossible to remove if you iron a little bit wrong. I don’t think it’s going to shift. Your zigzag join is much more even than mine, I get gaps when I do this.

  7. QuiltSue

    I don’t know that anyone would even notice if you hadn’t told us. I have wondered about this batting tape, but had the same worries as you so I’ve never actually tried it.

  8. Lurking Linda

    I would agree with Angie almost. I overlap my batting by an inch or two and don’t use tape nor do I zigzag. There’s a bit of a lump but by the time you’ve quilted it you can’t see it at all. Even if the overlap is in an unquilted area (which doesn’t happen very often), it never separates. I’m just too lazy to do all that fussing for batting. I love your strippy. Such happy quilt!

  9. Sara

    Love the ideas on how to join batting pieces. I do not have a long arm but if I did, I think I would try Angie’s technique. For now, though zig zag works well…….and besides it is fun to say: ZIG ZAG!

  10. Susan

    I remarked to a friend once that I’d used the fabric wrong-side-up. He said, “Well, you paid for both sides, didn’t you?”

  11. Beatrice

    Hello, not a mistake, it’s “artistic license”! (i.e. the ability of an artist to apply small distortions to conventions). And the blue bird in the print has stripes of different tones … so you were trying to copy the effect!
    Keep up the good work! Thanks for your blog.
    Beatrice (from France – Europe).

  12. Lynne

    I join my batting by hand but the machine seems like a good idea although I’d have to look up some instructions on making it lie flat and not seamed! But what about all that fluff?

  13. bonnie

    hostel can not tell which fabric is wrong side up. cute little birds remind me of summers spent watching the Partridge Family on TV – Come on Get Happpppy! 🙂

  14. bonnie

    honestly can not tell which fabric is wrong side up – the cute little birds remind me of summers spent watching the Partridge Family on TV. “Come on Get Happy!” 🙂

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