Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tidy Up Tuesday - The LONG Overdue Quilt

Welcome to another edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  Today, I am here to share the tale of the LONG overdue quilt.  This story began as North Carolina went into lockdown and ended just a couple of weeks ago.

Time has a way of getting away from me.  There was another project on the longarm when this quilt came in (and another waiting when it was done.)

Recovery time was needed.  Eventually, the quilt was loaded...



... And a terrible mistake...

I was sewing with a thread that I hadn't used before and found that the thread path needed an adjustment to give proper tension:

In the process, I also changed the needle and neglected to do a "tug test" before stitching.  That terrible mistake?  This was it!  :o((

By and by...

The machine was repaired.  Things went along smoothly... until they didn't.  :o((

The time had arrived.  Time for me to dig into my little bag of tricks:

The "soup can" trick (unfortunately) led to a few number of uneven starts after bobbin changes.  It also led to a lot of stitch ripping:

Eventually, I made it to the bottom of the quilt...

... Only to find a couple of these border ripples:

Yep!  It was time , once again, to dig into that little bag of tricks...

This time, I employed the "starch trick" and made use of the Oliso Mini Project Iron that I received while participating in Season 11 of Project Quilting earlier this year:

Finally, it was done:

Let the unrolling begin!  What on Earth is that mark on the quilt back...

... Whew!  What a relief!!  It was just a fuzz ball:

Note to self:  Do a better job of cleaning out the lint.

Next up, burying the thread tails:

Getting a photo...

And delivering the quilt:

OK, so technically, the quilt was picked up by its gracious owner.  She kindly sent some better photos than I took...

A full shot of the quilt:

Along with a close-up of the quilting:

While this quilt kept me on my toes, I appreciated the opportunity to quilt such a beautiful quilt.  Thanks, Deb!

Sharing with Rebecca

Until next time...
Overcome QUILTING obstacles!!


  1. Love the quilting. I'll bet you were happy to take this one off the frame.

  2. That's so pretty, and I love the swirly quilting! So sorry there were hiccups along the way.

  3. What a lovely quilt. Whew! That was a long way to go to get such a beautiful finish. I'm sure your customer was SOOOOO pleased to get such a beauty returned with awesome swirliness!

  4. Talk about perserverence! Well done! You rocked this despite all the trials and tribulations along the way. I'm sure words can't describe how happy you to have this a step further to completion!

  5. Wow! I think that was an experience and it turned out beautiful. Love the quilting. ~Jeanne

  6. I'm curious about the "soup can trick."

  7. You are a woman with many useful tricks up her sleeve! Congratulations on pushing through to a beautiful finish :)

  8. Thanks for sharing your useful tricks! Your quilting sure made for a beautiful finish!

  9. Beautiful job complementing all those gorgeous batiks with your quilted swirls! Isn't it crazy how you never know which quilt is going to be a Problem Child, and sometimes it's not even the quilt's fault -- just fate throwing monkey wrenches into your thread delivery system! So I'm dying to know what your "soup can trick" is -- are you quilting the first circle around the can as a template? Or are you using it to add some weight to your machine so it moves differently? You did a great job on this one, and there's nothing in the finished quilt that belies any of those hurdles you overcame. Thanks for linking up with Long Arm Learning!

  10. Gosh, the quilt looks great! But what a lot of problems you had with it. Thank goodness you're creative, Joyful!

  11. Sorry for all the problems. It turned out nice.

  12. Good morning! Talk about facing some challenges and persevering through them. In spite of all issues the end result is beautiful and I am certain that your friend/customer was thrilled with the results. ~smile~ Roseanne

  13. You make me so green with envy with your quilting. I hope one day to be as proficient as you! Beautiful quilt, and you did a wonderful job of working through all the difficulties to make it shine!

  14. For all the troubles you had it's a beautiful quilt, quilted beautifully.


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