Well, a series of problems led to this being tucked away as a UFO...
1.) The borders were attached in a stretched manner...still not sure what I did, but the borders flare so I must have cut them bigger than I needed to.
2.) I layered the batting and backing unevenly, so as I quilted outwards, some of the quilt top was no longer centered over the batting.
3.) Before I could free motion quilt, I chose a straight line pattern that required LOTS of turning...and that was just really annoying and exhausting to struggle with the quilt on the machine. I lost lots of enthusiasm there.
4.) When I finally got started free motion quilting, I started to get thread breaks about every inch. This led to discovering that the Inspira brand needles work great in my Janome.
And so it sat...until yesterday.
I completed a small patch of swirl stippling that still needed finishing. (No thread breaks!)
But that did include a frustrating mistake...seen here:
Then, this morning, I spent HOURS ripping out the ten lines of quilting on the borders.
|All the threads I collected as I ripped.|
Yay progress!!! I seriously doubted it for a minute there! Again...many thanks to Leah Day. I'm linking up to UFO Sunday, and my question for Leah is "How do you attach borders / sashing in the most successful, least painful way possible?" I've improved, but I still freeze up on projects that require lots of long strips sewn together.