Story of two days
The plan -- no, the commitment -- was to finish this baby quilt to enter in the youth group auction Sunday.
|Baby Blocks - design by Marci Baker|
Reverse sew and go to Plan B -- quarter-inch away from the ditch. However, my Pfaff with integrated dual feed doesn't have a very large throat and I was wearing myself out (not to mention the quilt) wrangling the direction changes every 12 or so stitches.
But wait! I have a BabyLock with a larger throat! First, I had to remember how to thread it. Then I discovered it has a walking foot!
Oh, Salvation, I thought (even though I had never used one). I finished stitching all the tumbling blocks with the walking foot, then noticed the back.
|Baby Blocks Back|
|It just got worse and worse|
I finally said "to heck with the walking foot!" It couldn't be much worse with a normal foot. And I was right! Though I really didn't like the stitching down the center of the 4-patch columns because I had chosen to use a variegated thread and the dark stretches just looked like dirty thread.
The quilt at this point was at least stabilized by the vertical stitching so I decided to attempt diagonal stitching -- some in the ditch and some across open spaces. Not too bad. I removed the vertical stitching.
Bound, washed, and it was ready with 4 hours to spare!
|Yellow Baby Quilt|
What I've learned from this experience:
- Don't wait till the last minute just because you don't enjoy the task ahead of you
- Don't use a new device or technique on a last-minute project
- Don't use variegated thread on straight stitching, whether in the ditch or across the surface
- It's finally time to learn how to use the Grace frame that has occupied my bridge for the last five years.