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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Big Mess


This morning I loaded this one on the frame and quilted it. I think I will rip it all out and do it on the regular machine. The problem is that it's pieced on an angle and I have to load it on the frame straight. I only have about 5 inches of quilting area so it was impossible to do a whole block at a time. I think it needs to be stitched in the ditch which is also difficult on the big frame. I am probably going to rip out all the sewing and start over. I won't be in a hurry to rip it out but I won't bind it yet. It will probably land in the ever-growing UFO pile. Luckily, it's not very big so not a huge ripping out job.

11 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

I always have wanted to try this technique and watched with interest as you did this quilt. I still want to try it, but it is back burnered for now.

Exuberant Color said...

I have a large one that is pieced like that and I was contemplating having a long arm person doing it. Did you cut your setting triangles with the grain on their outside edge? I did but I'm not sure that will stabilize it enough.

Ali Honey said...

Oh bugger springs to mind!

Michele said...

How disappointing! It's gorgeous to look at from here. I hope you figure out how to finish it the way you want.

Take good care!

dot said...

That's to bad. All that work to rip out. It is a nice quilt.

meggie said...

It is such a nice quilt. I did some ripping on one of mine. Quite disheartening.

Clare said...

How big is it overall? I get so cross when I have to rip out. All that wasted thread!

jovaliquilts said...

How frustrating! And it's such a lovely quilt. Could you stitch it in the ditch on a regular sewing machine to hold everything in place, then work out the rest on the frame? I've never used a frame, so I don't know whether that would help. Good luck.

LC said...

Oh, how frustrating. It is a lively quilt and looks good!

One of my quilts was structured like this, and it was such a frustration to quilt too. One thing that helped was a tip from a book (Harriet Hargrave?) that said to baste it with thread (not pins) lengthwise and crosswise across the middle, then again on either side. Use big stitches. The basting wasn't too hard to take out, even with quilting intersecting it. It was still "fun" to machine quilt, but all that basting helped hold it from going too wonky on me.

Darcie said...

Oh shucks. Are you sure you have to rip?! Guess with it sitting on the UFO pile for awhile...you'll make the right decision. (It still looks terrific from here, if that helps any!)

Cascade Lily said...

What a bugger Joyce. Can you 'add' some muslin triangles to the corners of the quilt so can still use it on your frame (after you've done all that odious ripping)?