Good Morning, Quilters!
What should you do about quilting mistakes? Should you stop immediately and rip out the stitches?
Or should you continue quilting and fix it later?Or maybe you could leave the quilting mistake and never rip it out?
To rip or not to rip…that is the question!
I rarely-very rarely– rip out any machine quilting. When I’m machine quilting and stitch an area I don’t like, I mark the area with a flagged pin.
(Create your own flagged pins by adding a small piece of ribbon to a safety pin.)
Mark Now, Evaluate Later
Once the entire quilt is complete, I go back and evaluate the “mistake”. If the mistake still bothers me, then I rip it out and re-stitch. Most often, small mistakes in machine quilting are not noticeable once all of the quilting is complete.
One Thing I Usually Tear and Repair
I rarely re-stitch oddly shaped motifs. Once all of the quilting is complete, an errant stitching line usually blends in and looks just fine.
However, the one quilting mistake I do fix is bad tension. My eye is really drawn to areas where my stitches are too tight or too loose. Usually, I stop and fix this problem immediately because it requires machine adjustments.
More Machine Quilting Quick Tips
You can find all of the machine quilting quick tips by navigating to the top ribbon of the website–Machine Quilting >Quick Tips. ( I’ve added a fast link for this post: more quick tips HERE)
Want to get better at machine quilting? Today is the day! Allow yourself just fifteen minutes to practice machine quilting. If you can’t get to your machine–doodle!
What about YOU?
Have YOU been quilting lately?
Do YOU worry about imperfect quilting?
Would YOU be better off just putting a pin in it?
Are YOU and YOUR quilting perfectly imperfect?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your Not Mary Poppins Quilter,
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