Pop Stars for Halloween
There are 2 more passes to go before I'm finished with the quilting. I've been using a ruler for the spider webs, and free handing the curlicues. Every thing is going smoothly now, but please let me tell you
about the disaster what happened.
I've had 2 spools of the Aurifil Invisible thread for some months now. One in Clear, and the other in Smoke. I started this project thinking I would use the Smoke, but the Clear was ideal to use in the star centers, too. Not having to change threads makes things go a lot easier and quicker, so I chose the Clear. I used an Omni thread for the bobbin that matched the backing. These two threads work very well together.
Can you see the thread above? There's a reason they call it invisible! The thread draws up, and then through the metal mast. At some point of quilting, my thread came out of the mast. I made two runs across the quilt with a mis-threaded machine. Look very closely at the stitching below. The thread is too loose on the quilt top. I could feel it when I brushed my hand across it, but it didn't look like there was anything wrong.
The backing is Minky, and it was hiding the problems. Again, I could feel the nylon thread a little bit when I ran my hand across the Minky. I wound up flattening the backing down, and snapping a picture with my phone. It made me nauseous. There were little eyelashes everywhere!
That was supper time yesterday so I went home. All night I dreamed about ripping all that stiching out. Nightmares! I started at 5:30 a.m., and set my alarm for an hour at a time. It took 3 whole hours to get it cleaned up. It's a long time, but honestly, I had thought it would be much longer.
Can you see how these stiches in the same place sink down more? I have learned that by brushing my hand across the top and bottom, and feeling no nylon thread is a good sign.
How can you not love Minky?
The quilting pops!
One row each of spider webs and stars, and it's complete. I'm still holding out for a Halloween finish.
Although I nearly killed this quilt, I learned so much. There was a moment with a sinking heart when I could have kicked myself for using invisible nylon thread, but I'm feeling rather cocky at this point. It's another thing I can check off my big list of things to try. Yes, I screwed it up, but, yes, too, I fixed it. Never be afraid to try new things. Remember..
If you have something new you're trying, and you're on Instagram, hashtag it #bravequilter. Let me know @pinkdoxies, and share it with the world. Let's do this thing together!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.