In spite of all that, I maintained my sewing routine of 2-3 hours a day driving the Baby Lock and got started on the quilting of my quilt. I used two layers of batting: Quilter's Dream cotton "Request" (low loft) and Quilter's Dream Wool. The wool is wonderful to quilt as it gives beautiful puff to the quilting, but where you want to smash it down as filler it squashes tight to accentuate the main designs.
I ran into an interesting problem that was new to me. I first stitched-in-the-ditch (SID-ed) the lengthwise and crosswise seams, then the diagonals, each from the center out. When I looked at the back I discovered that the backing fabric was puckered along only one direction of stitching.
No photo. You know what a puckered stitch line looks like!
TIP: Sewing the initial lines from from the center to the outside keeps the quilt from getting pulled unevenly. This applies to both the grain lines and the bias lines. The goal is to keep the quilt as square (or rectangular or circular) as possible. Blocking the finished quilt can straighten it to a point, but being careful at this early juncture makes it easier.
I suspect that the puckered line may have been on the lengthwise grain as it has the least give. Solution: I ripped out that line, and since it went through the middle of a long point, I stitched in the outer seams of the point (dark turquoise in the photo below) to anchor that part of the quilt. This worked because there was more give on the slightly bias angle. As I quilted the filler of that point (to make sure my design idea was going to work) I discovered that I liked that the seam in the middle of the point was not stitched down, so I ripped out all the lengthwise and crosswise SID and stitched in the ditches of the outer seams of those four points. Mission accomplished. Pucker gone, ready to roll!
|Center line (straight grain) of point not SID-ed. Outer edges of darker fabric stitched down. |
Filler on one side of dark fabric not done yet. Note that the corner remains at 90º angle.
|Right side not SID-ed. Left side stitched down. In this photo the visible|
difference is subtle, but significant.
|Tester SID-ed then quilted with feathers.|
|I find the back different and intriguing.|
Sew a happy seam this week. I wish you straight, un-puckered seams.