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How do you spell the word frustration? This morning I am spelling it with a capital F!
I was doing some free motion quilting on the outer border of a quilt. I was really into the rhythm of the design and everything was going so smoothly. Then I decided to look at the back to see how it looked from that side. That is when I discovered that for the last ten or so inches, the outer edge of the backing (you know that portion that extends beyond the quilt top and batting) had flipped over and I had quilted it into the design. The stitches looked so nice and even, but there it was, sewn right in.

Out comes the seam ripper, and I had to remove all of the quilting I had accomplished in that section. And I mean all of it, all the way back to the inner border, as the design I was using moved back and forth from the inner border to the outer edge.


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Comment by Teresa Ann Martinek on March 31, 2010 at 5:25am
Sounds like all the letters were capitalized! I've had the problem before too.
Comment by Shirley Phillips on March 31, 2010 at 5:09am
Wish I had a dollar for everytime I did that! I could go spend it at the quilt shop!
Comment by Its Vic! on March 30, 2010 at 7:10pm
Darn - just when things were running along so smoothly....but you'll get it going smoothly again soon!
Comment by Sharon Reeves on March 30, 2010 at 6:31pm
Just think of all of us who have done this, too. Yes it is very frustration and you spelled it right even with the capital F. I always try to make sure that I've pinned everything back so I don't do what you did. Sometimes it works and other times it didn't. So we are sometimers. Hope all goes better with the rest of the quilt.
Comment by Pam/NY on March 30, 2010 at 2:40pm
I have some swear words you can have...been there.
Comment by Kathy/WA on March 30, 2010 at 1:20pm
You are in excellent company. I confess that I have had that problem too. This kind of goes with the measure twice cut once rule check twice sew it once.
Comment by Barkie/WY on March 30, 2010 at 1:09pm
Wouldn't wish that on anyone but ++ been there, done that. I thought I was the only one but it is nice to see I have company. :o)
Comment by Trudy/WI on March 30, 2010 at 12:59pm
I have done that and wanted to rip my hair out as well! And if it makes you feel any better, I do this for a living and have done this more than once! The best prevention is to pin baste your quilt as close to the edges as possible, it helps keep the backing farther away, and don't let your backing be more than a few inches larger than the quilt all the way around. Less chances of it flipping under. You are not alone!
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on March 30, 2010 at 12:03pm
Oh, dear. That's enough to make you lose your religion.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 30, 2010 at 11:36am
Oh no. Just when we think things are going well... I can understand your frustration.

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