Yup, 3 whole days of “Frogging” … rippit, rip, rip … Back story: I was merrily quilting the centre lines and the 2 coloured lines on this Irish chain and was about to put in my 3rd bobbin … and then I really looked at my quilting … and looked at it … I was using a thread colour that matched the big negative spaces and it looked absolutely HORRID. The white thread was too much. It was “HELLO … I’m on your quilt – look at me – plain straight lines … HELLO!”
One of the ladies I sew with is notorious for taking out her quilting. I’m always teasing her, encouraging to leave it in, telling her that when the quilt is washed – it’ll look just fine. And for the most part, I believe I’m telling her the truth! (Now, if she’s reading my blog … she’ll be laughing out loud! … and she’ll have a big grin on her face!)
Well, washing this quilt will not help! So, I spent 3 days taking out the quilting. You can’t really see it in this picture, but the dark blue/black blocks are now quilted with a dark grey. On the lines parallel to the centre line, I’m using a gold thread. Some of them are done. You can see the thread, but it isn’t horrid and it isn’t shouting “HELLO”. And now that it’s done, I’m actually pleased that I spent the time taking the quilting out.
One day last week, I was walking by a thrift store and they had wooden TV trays out and were asking $3.15 each. I brought one home … my husband repaired a piece that was cracked and I sanded and painted. Today, I covered it with reflective material, batting and the top fabric. It may double as a small ironing board, but mostly I wanted it to sit to the right of my machine for all the pieces that are ready to go through the machine.
To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:
- Can I get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
- Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts on hold until Sept
- Finished or Not @ Busy Hands Quilts
- Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
- Happy Needle and Thread @ My Quilt Infatuation