I'm finishing up ALL of the quilts I'm giving away as Christmas gifts, so in the last month I'll have wrapped up four patterns, exciting!
As I'm fairly new to quilting, and even newer to "quilting" on my domestic machine, I make mistakes. Sometimes small, sometimes BIG.
* - I refer to quilting in two different ways. You're a quilter when you piece cloth together to make a beautiful quilt top. You "quilt" that top when you put the backing, batting, and quilt top together in a sandwich and sew through all three pieces. This can be done on a longarm, or on your standard, at home sewing machine, which is what I do.
This mistake is going to qualify as BIG! Take a look at the two pictures below. Can you spot the difference?
Oh, my border. My beautiful, puppy paw printed border.
Well, in a nutshell, I basted the three pieces together (laid one atop the next and then put tacks through all of it so it would stay put) and left an extra width of backing material all the way around (approximately three inches), just in case I ran into any trouble.
When I put it under my hopper foot to quilt, that little extra bit of backing material folded under, and I quilted it to the back of the border without realizing it, since I quilt with the backing down and the quilt top up.
After finishing my first bout of quilting, I pulled the quilt off my machine and laid it (backing side up since that’s the best way to see the pattern) on my bed. Imagine my surprise, quickly followed by dismay, when I realized I’d ruined an entire side of my border.
There was brief, brief, thought given to plucking out the quilting and doing it again, but I dismissed that idea pretty quickly. It would be near impossible to match up and would have taken ages to pick out, so instead I decided on what you see here. Trim the border.
Thankfully, my youngest son still thinks it looks awesome!
I’ll post another picture when I finish the binding, but in the meantime, here’s a closeup of my meandering pattern. It’s definitely my best one yet.