Let’s face it- we are imperfect people who make lots of mistakes in life. After all, if we were perfect, life would be perfectly boring, right?
So I am in the midst of class development for a new machine quilting class I start teaching in the Fall, called “Avoiding The Oops.” I realized that I need more photos to illustrate some of the common machine quilting issues seen by quilters. While I can replicate many common errors for class samples, it would be helpful if any readers had a photo to share on this topic.
Hence my “Open Call” for photos showing any type of quilting oops. I promise you will be fully credited for your photo, if used. To send me photos, just click on the contact link, above, and I will write you back. Or, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you. If I use your image, I promise to send you my helpful and thorough class handout for this class when I am finished.
Writing this class has been fun! Once you start listing all the various errors that can be made in quilting, you realize, from the growing length of my list, just how easily it can be to make an oops- no matter how experienced you are.
What is a quilting “oops?’ Trust me, you know it when you see it, quilt it, or view it at a quilt show. Quilt show judge comments are another good source of quilting “issues,” that you may wish to share, too.
Carla Quilting Oops Tip– When I was a brand new quilter, way back a decade ago, one of my first lessons learned the hard way was to clean my machine head thoroughly and frequently as I worked on a quilt. Why, you might ask? What went wrong?
I had a client quilt that happened to be very scrappy. It had only one or two white areas, but in quilting, Murphy’s Law often comes into play. I knew enough as a new quilter to clean out my bobbin case frequently, and wipe down most surfaces. I forgot to wipe under the machine head though, right next to the needle, which had a build up of oily lint. You guessed it, this greasy oily lint decided to float down onto the quilt top, landing on the white space, leaving a mess once you touched it.
How to Fix? First thing I grabbed was some cornstarch to soak up the oil. Once dry, I carefully vacumned up the cornstarch, taking care not to stretch the area. This didn’t work, so next step was some Dawn detergent, carefully applied with a q-tip. Another failure, so on to grease removal product B, C, D, and E. All failures.
The solution for this quilt was to remove quilting from the white fabric and surrounding area, then to carefully remove the triangular piecing with the oily stain, and to use this piece to cut a new white fabric piece. There was no need to offload the quilt from the frame, the fix was completed while the quilt was loaded.
This new clean white fabric piece was carefully sewn back in, making sure the batting also had no oil/grease residue. Then the space was requilted. I kept the stained piece to show the client my oops, and then the fix- in the spirit of full disclosure.
The best part is that my fix was flawless! You could not tell that there had been an oops, or a repair. I used the same technique to restore the space as taught to me by a quilt restorer friend. Anyway, I never repeated this oops again. Plus, I learned to keep my machine head and surrounding area clean and pristine, too!
Thanks in advance for anyone contributing to my Quilting Oops list and photo gallery. Regards, Carla