09 October, 2015

Sanity Sewing


Sometimes you just have to get 'er done.

This quilt has been in the works for a few years now... And I got on top of finishing it a few months ago (well, finishing the top). I was making good progress with some commitment when I hit a snag. I'd made a mistake. My very last block in the very last row was the wrong one. There are two block styles in this quilt and I used the wrong one in this spot. And all I had to do at that point was sew the rows together to finish the top. Annoyed with myself and frustrated, the quilt top sat for weeks at that juncture. Because all I had to do was make a slab, draw a foundation, sew a new block, remove the old one, attach it, and then sew the rows together. It sounds like a lot of work, but it wasn't. I was just in a mood about it.

This week I found myself in a real need to sew. After a few weeks of a bad cold that wouldn't go away I longed to get to the machine. Those are the moments when I usually start something new or default to random improv. Instead I forced myself to make that last block. And it took me about 30 minutes, if that. Not counting a break for Hot Wheels with my boy.

Then I was struggling to get the rows sewn together. With all those slabs, the angles, and some skinny bits on the edges each row is bulky and lining things up was tough. Not to mention that I kept the freezer paper foundation on each block because of the crazy amount of bias edges. Then I caught Bari J. Ackerman on a Periscope broadcast extolling the virtues of glue basting (a la Christie Fincher). Bingo!

I've used glue basting before for Paperless Paper Piecing in a class with Christie. And I've heard of other people glue basting for regular piecing. It did not occur to me to use it this way. I'm so happy I saw that Scope because it totally made it easy to get this top together. A thin line of glue in the seam allowance instead of pinning (or hoping for the best) holds the fabric in place, once heat set. Then you can go ahead and sew your seam.

And get the quilt top done.

Right now this top has the temporary name of Shh....





15 comments:

badlandsquilts said...

It turned out fabulous!

Jennifer said...

Wow - love it!

Suzanne said...

I can identify to the core about what it feels like to be frustrated about a project. I'm glad you shared about the glue basting and how quickly you were able to fix it. Do you think the marination time helps with that? I do!

Kali said...

I can so identify with that one little step stopping the next. I currently have a quilt that is half quilted, but I'm not loving it and the dense straight lines take so long, that it's stalled me out for months. Maybe today will be the day I tackle it and see if I can fall in love again..... So glad I caught your periscope on this, it was wonderful to "spend" a few minutes with you!

Sandra W said...

The only thing I question about gluing is why does it have to be heat set? I have read it's so the needle won't get gummed up. However, it would be a lot easier if you glued a bunch of things and then let it just dry over night. No one seems to know the answer to this question.

Linda Fleming said...

An interesting quilt!
Thanks for tip on glue basting - I'll need to try that when I'm needing some extra help!

elizabeth said...

ugh! i am in a similar spot with a paper pieced project and for now it sits... thanks for sharing. i will try the glue basting! I'm glad I'm not the only one that messes up and has to take a break. i love the quilt! it is beautiful.

Di Hunter said...

I made a pair of pants yesterday for a change of pace from piecing. They dont fit! I calmly (! sort of) folded them up andput them away in the too hard basket! then as I was just about to fall asleep last night...... solution! Yay! I'll rescue them from the basket today. What a beautiful quilt. Shh is a perfect name for it.

Nancy said...

I love this quilt - the gorgeous triangles with the pale palate. Looks fabulous.

Charlotta said...

I love your quilt top! And, I'm glad - for some reason! - to hear that I'm not the only person who can get stopped for ridiculously long periods of time, by what is really a minor fix.

Jodi said...

Well worth your diligence in finally getting it done! Love it. I need to try glue basting, too. Thanks!

Bari said...

Yay Glue basting!!! So glad you saw that. I use it for everything. Sandra, it's so the glue dries. It's super easy. Takes a second to heat set. I'd never wait overnight. I want stuff done now. I dry iron does that.

Cristy said...

I love this quilt!! And you Cheryl!

Paddy Anne said...

I like your quilt very much. I like your blog too - last night I read posts that you wrote a few years ago, as they are so interesting.

lee woo said...

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