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I am currently quilting the black/red/whi triangle quilt....of course by hsm....any way, it started off great...I did some free motion in the top and bottom border...tension was great..stitches looked great...i was on a roll. Then I started on the side borders....all heck broke loose...lol! I could not get the tension corrected for nothing in the world...I had a million birds "nesting" on the back side..lol!....(I don't know why I didn't check the tension on the back after a few stitches - because I ended up ripping it all out and that was a headache...ugghh!) And to top it all off....I knocked my straight pins on the floor and they went in all directions and under every piece of furniture in the room (and the room is a tight space)...needless to say, I spent the next 30min picking up pins and looking under the furniture for them...I didnt need the misfortune of stepping on one...All is well in the end. I've finished the quilting, had a shot of gin, and I'm about the make and sew on the binding...lol! should be finished by tomorrow...I'll post a pic when I finish....thanks for listening.

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Comment by Gayle/La. on July 31, 2010 at 10:23pm
Quilt Man, I have been there and done that. I sewed for 10 minutes and it took an hour to rip it all out. I was not a happy camper about that job. As for the business with the magnetic wand, I stole my hubby's and he yelled real loud and I gave it back but it is a wonderful thing to have. I am not as agile as I used to be and it is hard on the knees when I have to get down to pick up pins.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on July 31, 2010 at 8:46pm
So sorry to hear of your misfortune, Quiltman. Looking forward to seeing a photo though.
Comment by Terry F on July 31, 2010 at 7:30pm
Oooops quilt man, I owe you an apology. I called you a girl! Sorry, I wasn't paying attention.
Comment by J.S. on July 31, 2010 at 5:43pm
I took my husband's magnetic wand from the garage to use for pins. I just noticed it's not here anymore so guess he figured out where it was. I have a couple of magnetic pin holders which I couldn't do without. Good luck with the tension. It can make you pull your hair out sometimes.
Comment by christi on July 31, 2010 at 5:30pm
You need to get yourself a magnetic wand for these little pin issues, I love mine and use at the end of each sewing day because I'm not a neat sewer.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 31, 2010 at 4:41pm
I'm glad that after the adventures you had, you got the block done and turning out good. Hooray. It was just that time until then that was "arghhhh". Looking forward to the picture of the final product!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 31, 2010 at 2:39pm
Hey, Quilt Man, sounds like some of my frustrating experiences with free motion quilting. The pin deal just added insult to injury. I just have a short arm machine and try to avoid machine quilting on it at all costs, but sometimes will cave and do smaller projects on it. Looking forward to the picture.
Comment by Terry F on July 31, 2010 at 2:07pm
Tension is a mysterious and frightening God to me. How did you fix it? Spilling pins I'm quite used to. I have a Magic (magnetic) Wand that I bought at a local store, and use it often. And after all of that you are sewing on binding? You did great, girl!!!

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