- Things happen that are a mystery.
- Sometimes I am not in the mood for a mystery.
- Keep those big girl panties close, you might need them.
Every time I quilt something, I feel like a beginner. Maybe once I get 10,000 hours under my belt, that feeling will have dissipated. Guess I better get crackin' then.
I decided on loops and hearts within the hearts. I made up a practice pad with a fused heart on it because I suspected those fused areas might cause my machine to cough up a hairball or something (I could not remember the specific experience I'd had that made me suspect this, but I suspect there was one).
The test swatch went fine. Cleared for takeoff, all systems go.
On the real piece, all seemed to be going well. As I finished quilting the last (wouldn't you know) of all the hearts, I flipped it over again to check the back. That's when my real heart sank. Eyelashes everywhere! Everywhere I had gone after that first heart, that is; except, oddly enough, a few of the other quilted heart shapes remained intact. In my dismay, I neglected to take a photo. It wasn't pretty.
Thus began a disheartening hour or two of ripping out stitches, Googling for answers, inspecting my machine (everything seemed okay, threaded okay, tension good), and trying another test (again, fine).
I decided to forge ahead and quilt all the non-fused areas, which went well. Then I went back and attempted to quilt the fused hearts once more. Again with the eyelashes. If I went super slow, a stitch at a time, and did nothing fancy, just get in and get out, it was doable (albeit not much fun).
But at least it's done. And points for perseverance, because I considered shelving this until February 2014; then I found my big girl panties.
All in all, I'm happy with the finished wall hanging. Happy I got through it, happy it's presentable.
|Make A Candy Heart|
So that's the breakdown. Time to enjoy it on the wall!