It's WIP Wednesday again, and I have a finish to report!!!
Well, the bottom line is that I finished the mermaid quilt (now called Fishy Tales) on time, and it now lives with its new owner.
Along the way, though, there were a number of problems:
I decided to piece the batting out of 4 long pieces left over. So I zig-zagged the seams so they butted together, and I thought it would be fine. Don't do it! Maybe for a crib quilt, but not for a large project. While trying to smooth it over the backing there were numerous folds that wouldn't straighten and I had to cut into each fold and lay it flat over itself, and then trim the extra off. Lots more work.
In my hurry I didn't leave enough extra batting and backing at the quilt top end, and since I was using spray adhesive I was stuck with it. Joke, ha, ha! I wound up having to add batting, and then piece some backing to lengthen that too.
When I was ready to trim all the edges straight for the binding, I cut into a little fold on the top and cut a hole right through the border on one side. I nearly cried! Luckily it wasn't large. So I had to patch it top and bottom. Well, it's called patchwork, right? See the little patch?
I did the quilting in a hurry, an all over clamshell marked with chalk. In my hurry I didn't check the back as often as usual, and there are a few places where the bottom tension was too loose. It would have been such an easy fix! The worst bits I ripped out and did again. The other few places are OK, but I'll always look at them, sigh!
So success, but at a price on my nerves! Now back to a more reasonable (for me) pace!
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Until next time,