When I left off the Pokemon Quilt Part 1, I had spent six hours ripping out all the quilting stitches during our Virtual Retreat, then six more over the next two days. Fitting punishment for my stupidity and ignoring the drag on the longarm. But there was no way I could let something that poorly done go out with my name on it.
So now, I had more hours to spend ripping stitching over the next several days. I thought it would never get done. Irritatingly, there were sections that were quilted well, and those were harder to remove, adding more time to an already time consuming task. I needed to be very careful as I wanted to reuse the backing. That meant not nicking it up with careless or hurried frogging.
After a total of sixteen hours skinning, the top was finally free of the backing.
Then more time, measured in hours again, to pull out all the threads from both the top and the backing. Once again, I tried using a sticky roller, but it didn’t work. The threads wouldn’t pull free of the fabric without me grabbing them or scratching them free. So I just had to keep on plugging along.
When it was back to a thread free state, I pressed the top again, and loaded it on the longarm to start over.
Testing the stitches on a scrap, I had this on the backside. Here we go again.
I made adjustment after adjustment, top and bottom tensions, and all the test patches were bad. At this point, I decided this thread was just not going to cooperate with this quilt. The munchkin is 7 years old, so I decided it would be OK to do this in polyester thread instead of cotton thread. I took this photo after I had successfully quilted a row with the poly just to show the many test patches running down the side. There were a dozen of them.
I rethreaded the machine with white Glide in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, adjusted the bobbin tension with my Towa gauge and did a test. Perfect stitches. Finally, maybe I can get this gift done.
The pantograph is called Pipeline by Urban Elementz. It has a spiky feel that went well with the characters.
Amazingly, it only took one morning to fully quilt the top.
Quilting done, the backside is perfect.
The top has texture without overpowering the characters.
So now, I am days past the deadline for mailing in time for Christmas. But, I had a few hours left in the day, so I pushed on. I made the binding out of the same yellow fabric, and attached it by machine.
Later in the day, it was finished. I made a label with the munchkin’s name and the date, and topstitched it to the back side.
If I worked just a bit more, I could pack it up and get it in the mail. It might not arrive in time for Christmas Day, but at least he would have it this holiday season. Nothing wrong with extending Christmas, right? I made him a card to go with it, with a personal message inside. The quilt was put in a box, gift wrapped, then put in a flat rate postal box and a label applied.
I mailed it on Friday, December 18th, and emailed his mom and dad to let them know a gift was on the way.
And miracle of miracles, it arrived before Christmas, and was under the tree for the big day. I didn’t tell them what the package contained, and I got a wonderful email after he opened it. His dad said he was crazy about it, and wished that he’d had that reaction on video. I can almost hear him here, saying “oh!!!!!! It’s Pokemon!!”
Turns out the size was perfect. Such fun to make him happy.
This week, I am working on quilting a Quilt of Valor for a friend who made a lovely churn dash top. I’ll show you that when I’m done. What are you working on this week?
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