You may recall this post where I was trying to FMQ a quilt and having problems because of skipped stitches? Well, I unpicked all of that quilting and just recently decided to give it another go. Unfortunately, I am still experiencing skipped stitches on this quilt, and it was driving me mad. Was it ME or was it the spray basting I used?
See what I mean? What a mess! I tried and tried...and no matter what speed, what size, what stitch length, what needle, god forbid that it be my Tough Lady (!)...well no changes worked! It mostly happened on/near seams and some of the skips were so huge that I just started backstitching over them... I was going crazy and there is no way I am ripping everything out again. But, I still had doubts. Was this being caused by my inexperience with FMQ or by the spray basting?
So...I decided to stop my quilting the spray basted quilt and grabbed a fabric I've been saving to make a whole cloth pillow for my husband. I used a plain off white backing so that I could scrutinize the quilting. Lo and behold...no skipped stitches!
This was without pins or spray...just front, wadding, and backing smoothed out lain together. Obviously my FMQ can still use some improvement but I love these loops because their lack of uniformity is organic and forgiving.
I've decided to keep sewing the spray basted quilt and managing the skipped stitches as best as possible. Life's too short, I just don't have time to completely start over, unpick, wash etc. It'll always serve as a reminder of this experience!
Now back to my loops...
- rebecca lynne