Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Fixing FMQ bloopers

I recently free motion quilted an entire bed-size quilt, this was quite a leap as previously I had only free motion quilted either practice pads or these bowls.  I quilted it in a mostly all-over meandering and ended up with a few "whoops" that I needed to fix.  On other things I've quilted I have thought to myself "I'll fix that at the end" and then haven't been able to find the bits that needed fixing, so this time I thought I'd mark the bits that need fixing by putting a bit of washi tape through some basting pins, so once I move a little away from the blooper, I put in a washi-ed basting pin and then carry on my merry way.


Once I'd meandered my way over the whole quilt, I went back and fixed things one by one.  Here's an example of how I fixed some of them.

1. Find the problem

2. Redo the quilting, making sure you stitch over existing quilting to lock the stitches

3. Unpick the original stitching

The repair doesn't look perfect (I'm still an FMQ beginner!) but it's only noticeable in the photos, when viewing the quilt in its entirety it would probably take me quite a while to find the repair.

What do you do with quilting that needs to be redone?  Do you fix it at the time or do you fix it later?  How do you mark the bits that need fixing?

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12 comments:

  1. wow - you are progressing fast with your FMQ. I am off to order the book now :-)

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  2. I'm just starting with FMQ ... just got the foot on the day and started having a play - oooh it's fun isn't it!? Thanks for the tip on how to do a fix :)

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  3. I'm a beginner too. It has to be a toe catcher or I would probably ignore it. If it needs attention I sew over it while I am there and move on. I don't go back and rip it out. Once it is washed, I don't think it will show.

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  4. Ooh great tip! Thanks! I love it... now why didn't I think of that!?!

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  5. I could certainly use this tip, I have too many bloopers to mention when FMQ'ing :)

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  6. Looks great to me and when washed and it's all crinkly you'd never find it!

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  7. Bravo! Seems to me you are advancing well if you have figured out how to make such detailed corrections! Isn't FMQ'ing so much fun?

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  8. well done...it must feel great to have finished your first bed sized quilt...keep it up

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  9. Good tip! I'm probably going to be using it a lot on my first FMQ project coming up!

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  10. Good question! I just pretend there are no mistakes, lol.

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  11. that's a smart idea to mark your mistake, but if you couldn't find it later, then maybe it didn't need fixing! =) however, you feel a lot better now, don't you.

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  12. Good idea! I really just need to slow down and not make so many mistakes! Then I'd be more inclined to go back and fix them.

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