You should know it’s time to step away from the sewing room when you spend more time becoming better acquainted with the seam ripper than the sewing machine.
Today I unpicked the free motion quilting I started on Wooffles’ quilt last night. It was worth it and I then spent a comfortable while practicing free motion on this little quilt. It turned into a little sampler of different filler patterns.
By the time I was done, I decided I might as well put the binding on too. I decided to use TLC Stitches’ faux piped binding and I happily cut yellow strips for the “piping” and pulled out leftover purple strips for the binding.
Mistake #1: I cut the piping strip 1/4 inch too narrow and didn’t have any more of the yellow. That’s OK, I just trimmed the purple narrower too and hoped for the best.
Mistake #2: I sewed a right side to a wrong side as I joined the binding strips. Seam ripper!
Mistake #3: I sewed a beautifully straight 74” seam joining the long edges of the binding and the piping. It just happened to be a 3/8” seam. Another time I might have just left it but I remembered my binding strip was already 1/4” narrower than it should be and I didn’t think I could fudge with another 1/4 inch gone. Seam ripper, it’s nice to see you again!
Mistake #4: I reset the seam allowance to a lovely perfect 1/4 inch, and promptly sewed the right face of the binding to the wrong face of the piping strip. At least I noticed at only 30 inches into the seam this time. Still, I had another visit with the seam ripper.
At this point a sane person would have stepped away from the sewing room, but my stubborn streak asserted itself. Happily, it exuded a stronger aura than the seam ripper, which was not needed (much) again.
Here’s the final product. It’s a little more “modern” than my usual work. I don’t think any of those quilting motifs would work terribly well on my more traditional tops but it was a fun exercise. Wooffles and his owner are perfectly happy with it, too, so it was worthwhile!