It probably wasn’t a good day for quilting – I was stressed and distracted and made some mistakes that just had to come out. I’ve made a ton of these little Strippies over the years and until today I would have told you I could quilt them in my sleep!
Because I don’t trim the selvages off until after it’s quilted, I always use a single width of fabric for backing and there’s usually not much difference in the width with the front. Today, I forgot to baste down the side and had quilted several strips before realizing the backing had slipped over and had some big pleats.
I use these thread snips to pick out quilting stitches and I can’t remember the name/brand of mine but you can find a similar pair at this link. Can you see that little curved edge that slips right under the stitch?!
It took me a couple hours to pick out the stitches and my bad luck continued because I didn’t get everything lined back exactly right but I made it work. And since 3 times the charm … I also managed to put a slice in my thumb with the longarm needle as I was basting the bottom and had my thumb too close to the needle … luckily it was just a small cut and didn’t actually go through the thumb … I have done that before and it hurts a lot more!
Anyway, Leo’s Strippie is quilted but did not get bound today as I planned. Maybe that will get done tomorrow.
Leo is getting a great quick strippie. I hope whatever is stressing you is resolved soon.
Sorry about your various issues but you sure have a cute quilt there.
Ugh. I feel your pain! It’s behind you now, so you can move on. I have those snips in several places, including every machine and travel kit. They’re my favorite for anything other than cutting fabric.
I love this fast & easy quilt pattern. I make a lot of baby quilts for donation & this is my “go-to”!
Well ouch! Some days things just don’t go right- makes you appreciate the days when they do. Adorable strippie, as always.
I hope the stress becomes less after your back is better. Have you tried some mediation to help? You are in my daily thoughts and prayers.
When I saw the blog title, I knew it wasn’t a good day. But in the end, you have a darling quilt. I need to make more Strippie quilts next year.
Thanks for all of your sharing. It is especially uplifting to know others also have to re-do things. Sometimes we think ours are the only mistakes. Hoping you have a restful holiday gail norback
Oh, no!! SEW sorry to hear that had “a day”, Mary!!
Ouch!! The final result is adorable, in spite of the interrupted process. Frogging isn’t a fun thing to have to do, but I guess it’s just a hazard for us all.
Those scissors look like the suture scissors that I use to remove stitches.
I hope that everything works out for you.
I bought scissors like that at least 12 years ago at a quilt shop. Hubby says that they use those to take out sutures. He’s been an RN as well as a Physician’s Assistant. I’ve tied a bright red bow to them so I can see them when I need them.
Oh dear… Some days are like that. It’s good that you didn’t do more damage to your thumb though. Love the heart quilting pattern!