Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Oh No!

I was happily quilting along on my Dancing with the Stars quilt.  Finished all the blocks, and did feathers on the bottom border.  I had not been happy with my feathers on the top, and after doing the bottom I decided that I needed to re-do the quilting on the top border to match - the feathers were much better shaped on the bottom border.

So I rolled the quilt back up, and started picking stitches. And in the process - I put a hole in my quilt :(  Just a little tiny one, but visible, and I know that it will always bother me.  If you look closely, you can see the little white dot in this picture, where the batting is showing through.  It's not even a slit that could be quilted together - I managed to actually remove a piece of the fabric.

I thought about appliqueing something over it, but it would just look out of place.  So, now I have to repair the border.  Fortunately there's fabric left.  It was supposed to be for binding, but I'll deal with that after I fix the quilt - there might be enough to do both.

Now to decide how much further I have to unstitch, to fix this.  I could cut a triangle and piece a section in from the edge, and not have to undo any more stitching. Or I can  replace a full segment of border - but that means un-stitching the yellow border too.  Which opens up more opportunity to mess it up.

I am so annoyed with myself.  For now, it's going into my sewing room and I'll ponder the options for a couple of days.  I think this is going to be a weekend project to fix, not an evening, so I have 2 or 3 days to think about it.

Update!

10 comments:

  1. Don't beat yourself up over this, we have all had it happen. Today I quilted a small tuck into a quilt. Never had that happen before. Go figure!

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  2. Get a blue sharpie and dot the hole, you will never see it and no one else will unless you point it out.







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  3. Been there done that. Mine was in the quilt frame when my little grandson snipped it with the scissors. It was half quilted. I didn't have any idea how to fix it so when done all I could do was patch it. The quilt went to a friend for Christmas and I told her the story. She will always remember little Mr Owen.

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  4. Karen Mctavish says in one of her books that she leaves these holes and tries to quilt over that spot, and then after its washed most of the time they aren't noticable. But I agree with what Fran said, a sharpie!

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  5. So sorry Krista. Good luck is all I can say because I haven't been quilting long enough it say it has happened to me. I hope you will post your decision and how it all turns out because when it happens to me, I want to know what do to. I am learning a lot from you.

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  6. That hurt all the way over here. So sorry it happened to you, hope you'll get it fixed to your satisfaction.

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  7. Aw, it's okay! Aren't you glad you have several options, plus extra fabric, plus it wasn't all the way finished? I bet you'll be happy when you are done ~
    :-}pokey

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  8. It's easy enough to do. I know you'll make the best decision for your quilt. I know that moment of horror you felt, but I'm glad you have more material and can fix it.

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  9. This is not a problem that I have ever had - 40 years of quilting so I don't know quite what I would do, other than exactly as you say, let it sit so you can ponder the best approach for a couple of days! Every quilt should have a special feature and now this one has a store and a 'fix' to point out!

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