We have a little munchkin in our group of car club buddies, the grandson of one of the directors, and he is a die hard Pokemon fan. I find little card packs for him from time to time, but we haven’t seen him in a year due to you know what. Sometimes, I’ve found something else fun in Pokemon like a book or a special pack with a coin, and I am always on the lookout for other stuff for him. When a panel of Pokemon characters showed up on a fabric sale site, I had to grab it.
This was going to be easy and fast. The panel really didn’t lend itself to cutting up, so the best choice was to add a border and go. I chose a Pikachu yellow blender print, and used the same for the backing.
Loading it on the longarm, I threaded the machine with white cotton thread.
And off I went! I noticed a bit of drag on the machine, but didn’t see anything on the top side that was worrisome. I should have looked closer. The stitching is really uneven.
But I kept going. First row done, and I snapped a couple of pictures.
Still not looking closely, and still with a bit of drag, but I convinced myself it was fine for a kid quilt. I kept on quilting.
I ignored all the signs, until I was about two pantograph passes from being done, and the drag on the machine increased. Then I looked at the backside more closely. Uh-oh.
Yep, the entire backside of the quilt was awful. The tension was off on the bobbin, and frankly I am surprised that there weren’t more broken threads to deal with. That would have alerted me sooner.
Of course, if I had really checked the backside after the first pass, I would have seen this. Then I would have known the tension was off, and only had one row to take out.
So now, all of that stitching has to come out. Yes, all of it. I cannot give a gift with this shoddy work. This means skinning the entire quilt and doing it over. So much for best laid plans. Instead of spending my virtual retreat time making binding and putting it on, now I will have to spend hours and hours picking out all the stitching. Retreat was a good time to start as it was the next day. I needed something fun to share during the day. I got this youtube link from a friend earlier this week, and I played it for the virtual retreat group. It is really delightful, and I’ve watched it several times now. Just click on the photo below to see it. Turn up your sound, the singing is fabulous.
During retreat, we chatted about lots of things, from cooking and holiday meals, springerle rollers, movies and holiday traditions, more fun videos and lots more. I got started on ripping out stitching.
I worked on this for the entire six hours of retreat on Thursday, and got about half of it done. I think having some chat time while pulling threads made a tedious task a lot less onerous.
More time spent on it Friday, and then again on Saturday. So far I have about 12 hours into ripping, and I still have about 15 inches of stitched quilt left to do. With luck, maybe I can get the frogging done on Monday. Then, if I can get it requilted, bound and shipped by the end of the week, maybe he will have it by Christmas. One can only hope.
What are you working on this week?