Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Just Me and My Seam Ripper

It was supposed to be smooth quilting this morning.
 
 I explained to my sailor husband.... when all the conditions are right you just have to quilt.....just as he has to sail, right?  I spoke too soon!!

Not all that smooth......either the wind died or I got hung up on a sandbar....
So alas...it was just me and my seam ripper!!!! 
May I take a moment to mention...NOT ALL WALKING FEET are CREATED EQUAL!!!!

To borrow one of my little granddaughter's favourite words....I Neeeeeeeeeeed my Bernina. She's only allowed to have her soother at bedtime but every now and again likes to remind us that she Neeeeeeeds her sooosey. I know just how she feels, I could have used one myself.

Nothing quilts quite like my Bernina, which of course is back home. The Pfaff has a built-in walking foot but I find it just doesn't compare.
So when all else fails..... 
 Quilt a spiral...something my Pfaff does do quite well. I'm of the start at the same edge camp, rather than alternating sides. With spiral quilting you can just go round and round.

A little hint: it really helps to stabilize the block if you stitch in the stitch on just a couple major seams. I really hate stitching in the ditch, so I do as little as possible
 I'm not sure I'm liking the raw edge of the reverse applique, but I set a course and am sticking to it.

26 comments:

  1. beautiful as always!! Your projects are always so inspiring..

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  2. I love the spiral quilting! Just beautiful!

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  3. I know you won't appreciate this but I was heartened to see that you have to rip out seams from time to time. I reckon that I almost make some things twice by the time I have unpicked. In fact this morning I was certain I checked before sewing a loooong piece for a backing...but...you guessed it! I had sewn it so the seam was showing on the right side. Oh well...I should be used to it by now...

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    1. Oh, yes...the seam ripper and I are old friends.

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  4. I have a dozen seam rippers around here and of course, can never find one when I need it (which is every other minute). My seam rippers are my best friends.

    I love the round and round quilting, but I am sticking to straight lines for the time being. Walking foot? I have never used one. As usual, your work is to die for.

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  5. Aaaaaaa! The exact thing happened to me this week! lol I've ripped out til it's flat again and now just letting it percolate while I decide what to do next. Hit a sand bar ROFL
    thank you I needed a good laugh over that! : )

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  6. I just love your compositions.

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  7. I have a seam ripper that is 30 years old at least. The casing is cracked and there isn't much to hang on to except the metal blade anymore, but the blade is smaller than any other seam ripper I have bought since then and I refuse to give it up.

    I lost it the other day, and all my sewing ground to a halt until I found it again - because it is so small, it fell in a crack between the edges of my sewing table and was hiding behind my power cable.

    I might have to duct tape a new handle on it.

    (and I too, love circular quilting - and I too am not so crazy about raw edge applique . . . although yours is beautiful and raw edge allows us to make shapes that can't be managed easily otherwise . . .)

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    1. Duct tape might be good...funny how we can get so attached.

      I'm still on the fence regarding the raw edge....I'll see what happens.

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  8. I have a seam ripper that is 30 years old at least. The casing is cracked and there isn't much to hang on to except the metal blade anymore, but the blade is smaller than any other seam ripper I have bought since then and I refuse to give it up.

    I lost it the other day, and all my sewing ground to a halt until I found it again - because it is so small, it fell in a crack between the edges of my sewing table and was hiding behind my power cable.

    I might have to duct tape a new handle on it.

    (and I too, love circular quilting - and I too am not so crazy about raw edge applique . . . although yours is beautiful and raw edge allows us to make shapes that can't be managed easily otherwise . . .)

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  9. I always feel like the raw edge appliqué is going to cause problems later. I may be a little too worried abut fraying.

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  10. I had no idea that different walking feet behaved differently. Clearly I need to try out some more sewing machines. The spirals work really well and the block is so fun, full of colour and interest.

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  11. gorgeous, as always. i also don't much appreciate the raw edges of my own applique, but found that a trim after the first washing helps quite a bit.

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  12. Oh, I envy you your Bernina...I have a Viking and NEED to get a walking foot, I think. I don't do well at machine quilting and that is most likely the reason...just keep on draggin' my tootsies for some reason! I LOVE your work; your color choices are really wonderful to look at, Marianne. I intend to try your quilt-as-you-go method this year--Julierose

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  13. This is not good news for me - I have a bernina in USA with a walking foot that almost is never off the machine - soon I go back to live in Australia and I have a Phaff there! I find that my Phaff walking foot not quite as good as my Bernina too! I feel your NEEEEEED - I fear that I may be in the same position too, soon!

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  14. Your quilt is amazing! The circular quilting is perfect. Thanks for the photos showing how you do it.

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  15. i guess you got past your funk. i'm going to have to check out my machine better to see if i can do this.

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  16. Sorry about the ripping out part, but your spiral is gorgeous. THANK YOU for the tips - I've wanted to try quilting a spiral, but am waiting for the right practice piece.

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  17. Beautiful work! I totally get the each machine has its advantages. I love my Bernina too. But sew on others as well. I don't mind raw edge, but I mostly make art quilts for the wall. My seam ripper gets a lot of use too. Don't like to have to use it. But when needed, it's oh so handy! And I couldn't live without the walking foot...I wish I had a Bernina with the dual feed built in!

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    1. Thanks...I don't know if those dual feeds are as effective as an actual walking foot, but they sure are convenient.

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    2. I wish I owned the machine to test it for sure! :) lol! I sew on a 440 (which is still very awesome!)

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    3. I imagine yours works just as well.

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  18. I love my Bernina!! The quilt is stunning!

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  19. I'm glad to hear someone else mention different walking feet experiences on different machines. I have a hard time getting good results with my walking foot on my juki. I used to do ok, but over time I struggled more and more. I bought a Janome that works sooooo well for straight line quilting. It's so nice not to struggle against the machine anymore. I still love my juki for FMQ and piecing and even adding bindings. But I guess I neeeeeeded another machine for the rest of it. Ha! It's nice my husband doesn't mind too much. :)

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