Fall Baby Quilt Fell Off the Radar

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  1. dezertsuz says:

    I would try a different brand of thread. Or shove it in the closet now and try the different thread later. An alternative would be to possibly quilt straight or curvy parallel lines that run into the hand quilted leaves.

    Is this for a show? Why are you tying and burying? Why not carefully back stitch when you have to, and quilt in from or out to the edge where you can and have nothing to tie or backstitch? Once it’s washed, it’s hard to see those even when you are looking for them!

    OR you can turn your stitch length really down close to zero and start and stop with that, too. If you can go up and down in the same spot, several times, it’s supposed to keep it from coming out, but I can’t guarantee that, because I haven’t tried it.

  2. Susan says:

    Also try bees wax or Thread Heaven thread conditioner (I think it’s silicone based). If that doesn’t work, change the thread, machine quilt it, and move on.

  3. chrisknits says:

    Only the two of you can answer the question. No fobbing it off on us! LOL. Whatever you choose will be the right choice for you two right now. Which is more important, your sanity or an internet goal?

  4. LOL your post is jumping around just like your quilting and cross-stitch and cruise (no wait, you did that, but it was good alliteration) but as always I come away with a smile! Both the leaF and the leaVES quilts will be wonderful especially with your ever-widening FMQ skills!

  5. cheriec12 says:

    I also suggest trying the wax. After a recommendation from another blog I used it while sewing on my bindings. I have never gone back. I find it reduces the knotting and may make the thread stronger. However, if it doesn’t speak to you or is not fun. Put it away for now. We have to do too many things we dislike already to have our hobbies in that category as well. I know you will be disappointed if you don’t get your PHD, but sometimes something has to give.

  6. You made me chuckle just now! I’m positive that the person doing the PHD in 2018 challenge would not have remembered about this quilt if you hadn’t written a post about it! 🙂 As well, it’s an honour based challenge … but since the word is out … pull out some different thread and stitch on it for 15 minutes a day and soon it will be done!
    And Happy Quilting! 🙂

  7. Sounds like different thread is needed. I hate when I have a lot of thread breakage. There is a solution! Hang in there!

  8. What Kathleen, Vicki, and Dione said. If none of that works, back it goes to the UFO pile for a time out. Then give Sue a glass of wine. She will need it. Haha!

  9. Wish I had words of wisdom to share….whatever you decide the quilt will be beautiful, amazing, and appreciated 🙂

  10. I hate when that happens! The thread is the problem, so you can try waxing or thread heaven or thread magic or switching to another thread. It is possible to “duplicate the hand quilting” kind of, sort of with an invisible thread and regular thread but I don’t think you will enjoy that! I feel like it just isn’t quilte fun to do. Is there any machine quilting on it? I might do the “reinforcing” of some of the large seams by stitch in the ditch and then do a few hand quilting bits, when you find the perfect new thread – which I think is what you will need to do. Sometimes doing that will just be the “motivation” to get you going on the quilt. Also, binge watch something silly while doing it…you get stuck on the show and don’t want to move…it helps me get motivated on something when I am just not ready. Wishing you both luck at finding the right solution!

  11. Whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be lovely!

  12. Jan Snell says:

    Done is so much better than another UFO! At this point when I have lost interest in a project I put it as my OMG with the beautiful Patty at Elm Street Quilts. Is there any way that you can incorporate Machine quilting in some of the blocks – alternating or the middle third or a diamond or something that makes it look planned and gives Sue a leg up to persevere through a few more. It looks like it is going to be a cute quilt. Maybe you can machine quilt the coloured blocks and let Sue hand quilt in the highly visible muslin blocks. Keep at it, it is almost done and you are so close to earning your PHD. It is so much easier to finish school than have to start again. Jan

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    Has Sue tried waxing the thread? If that doesn’t work try another brand. And if that doesn’t work don’t worry about the PHD-try for it next year:) Quilting needs to be fun.

  14. I’ll share my real PhD with you. I’m not using it anyhow. Shove the quilt in the cupboard until it speaks to you. Or you desperately need it as a gift! lol xx 🙂

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