Wrinkles? What Wrinkles? Or A Humorous Tale of Multiplying Mistakes
This week’s post is a bit late, so we can bring you the continuing saga of the Landscape Quiltalong. In this week’s episode, we find our little quilter hard at work in her studio. She has finally got the dang thing off the wall, and has made a large quilt sandwich.
First, she has ironed a full sheet of white Misty Fuse onto the back of the quilt top to prepare to fuse baste it to the batting.
Now, during this process, she has noticed, yet again that shadows on the bottom half, which were extensively painted have puckered and wrinkled. She says to herself for the hundredth time-“Oh, I can make those wrinkles disappear with the quilting”. And so she carries on.
She lightly presses the wool batting onto the quilt top, so as not to squish down the loft of the wool. So far so good, but the wrinkles are still there. Why? Because the added moisture of those painted areas caused the fabric to ripple. “No matter”, she says yet again, “I can quilt those out”.
Now she preps the back of the wool with some black Misty Fuse 2″ squares, spaced evenly and staggering rows to create an even baste. (She had some black M.F. left over, and can use it with a darker backing fabric with no show through).
Once both sides are prepped, she lightly presses again to fuse the backing on. Meanwhile, somewhere, kitties are sleeping.
“Never mind all that cuteness”, our heroine says, and skips back to the studio to start the actual quilting. She winds her favorite clear Monopoly thread in her bobbin, pops it in, and threads a medium brown polyester thread in the top. Using a 12 Topstitch Titanium needle, she makes sure the top tension is adjusted lower to about 3.75. She knows from experience if the top tension is too tight, she will break her thread, and many bad words will fly out of her mouth.
Yay, she has begun to quilt the skinny shadows! Working from side to side quilting across the main shadows give it a nice texture, until….the first pucker appears. “Oh it’s not so bad,” she says, in a hurry to keep going. And yet, something is telling her it will get worse. And of course- it does. Quilting from side to side only serves to quilt that pucker in place. Our heroine gets out the dreaded seam ripper. And puts on a podcast to distract her from the tedium….
Nope, the puckers can NOT be quilted out, she finally realizes. After un-picking many stitches, lifting off the fused fabric, cutting it on the shadow lines, smoothing it across to remove the wrinkles and re-fusing it, she is finally happy. Those air bubbles needed to go somewhere. “Thank goodness I used M.F. instead of Wonder Under or I wouldn’t have been able to lift that fabric off at all!”, she mused.
The jogs in the shadow lines will be repaired later, after the quilting is done in that area. “See?”, she says to herself, “Perfection is over-rated. Just like I tell all of my students…” Most major mistakes can be corrected if caught early enough, and no it isn’t perfect. And no, the wrinkles won’t quilt out 😛
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