It’s been one step forward and two steps back this week while I’ve been working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. Firstly, I layered and lightly pinned my boy’s boat donation quilt on the floor, carefully picking it up and spreading it on the glass table out in the patio. There I sat and put even more pins in it. Sitting at the table was easier on my back instead of kneeling on the floor inside, as I had first started. Even so, I still needed a little time out stretched out on the bed to rest my back when I had finished this job. The joys of getting older!
Pinning the quilt outside in the fresh air and sunshine
It was a day or two later and I decided to start on the machine quilting – wavy lines, I had decided. It started off well, but then I found that it was getting difficult pushing the quilt through the machine. I should have stopped once I was having problems, but no, I carried on for several more rows. Oh dear, just look at those puckers on the back! There was nothing for it but to start unpicking. Then I’ll need to smooth it all out again and repin I think. Bother!
Puckers on the back
Enough was enough, I decided, and put the boats into time out for a while. Perhaps I’ll work on my birdy quilt instead. I’ve stitched enough of the little birds and laid them out on the bed, don't they look pretty.
Lots of little birds
I’d started making some nine patch alternate blocks and had a count up to see how many more I needed. Still about a dozen it seems, so off I headed to the sewing machine. But…….. what’s wrong now? As I had appliqued the birds onto 6in squares, my 9 patch strips needed to be cut at 2 1/4in instead of the more usual 2 1/2. I had forgotten this when I cut another batch of strips. No wonder they wouldn't fit together, I had some with both sizes. Bother again! Out came the unpicker again, then a smidgeon was sliced off the offending pieces and the blocks pinned and reassembled once more.
Making nine patches
That’s enough for today, I’ll do some more stitching tomorrow, and hopefully it will all go together smoothly.