Picking up from the post on Sarah’s blog about using an orphan block, here is the finished flimsy after adding the squares, bars and border. If you missed that post, click HERE to see the construction of the orphan block flimsy.
I loaded it on the longarm, auditioned threads, and once again settled on that muddy light brown that just goes with everything. I picked a simple floral design pantograph and began quilting away.
Going along nicely, it seemed.
How delightful to get to the bottom and see it is still square! Putting borders on with the measure and cut method pays off again.
Then I went to check the back of the quilt, and found this.
And another run in another spot of loopy top thread.
This was monumentally frustrating! There is no good reason for this. The thread was the same, I didn’t run out of bobbin thread, these were just short runs of the tension being off, and then correcting itself without me ever knowing anything was amiss. Since this is going to be donated, I had to fix it.
I marked the beginning and end of the bad stitching with big pins so I could find the spots on the top. Doesn’t look like there is anything wrong here, but there was.
Here is the other section. You’d never know anything was off from the top side!
I clipped the thread on the backside and pulled the top thread out.
From the top side, I can see the holes from the previous stitching.
I resewed the lines by freemotion from the front of the machine, tying off the threads at each end of the run. There’s a wobble in it, but I don’t think the recipient will mind.
Both areas now fixed. The quilt was removed from the frame and trimmed.
I like the overall quilting, and you really cannot tell where the bad stitching used to be.
I used a pansy pantograph, which shows up nicely in the white areas of the center block.
Binding by hand in red, another nice day of slow stitching, and it was done.
Update for the final linkup at Sarah’s blog – Em has received the quilt, and sent back the nicest thank you note!
Have you made an orphan block quilt?