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Thread: Ready to give up

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    This last week has not been good to me as far as quilting. The top of my Railfence has been done for a few days. I sandwiched it, and sewed it together. I took it to hang on my quilt hanger and noticed that the quilt didn't go together like it was suppose to. I was so upset. I was ready to throw it in the trash. I walked away to allow a little cool down time. To make a long story short I had to cut the backing material from the quilt. If I hadn'd promised my sister I would make this for her, I would just forget it. I am now trying a different approch to putting on the backing. I have tried startching, spray adhessive, and several other sugestions I have received. Hope to have this finished in time for christmas.

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    I am so sorry you are having a bad week. Are you taping the backing down to the floor/table with a painters tape before laying on the batting and top? If not, try it this way, I pull it pretty snug and tape it on all four corners.

    Good luck. Ia m sure your sister will love it.

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    Oh, I can relate to this! Last night I put the same pin through three different fingers, my sm needle through my thumb and cut my fingers with my scissors twice. AND my thread kept breaking no matter what I did!

    I put everything in a box, cleaned up the space and covered everything for the night. I eventually went back and finished but holy cats, it was not a good night.

    Just keep going - we've all been there. You can do it!

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    Hugs! I do mine like Candi. I think you just need to take a break!

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    I've had a bad few weeks but not really quilting related so I can sort of relate to you. I hope it gets better. Hugs!!

    Angie

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    Come on now .... no givin up, no Quilt Police.

    Mine was kind of bad also, tension off and way off at times, did a lot of frogging around here!!! Resetup on that a couple of times and more than a few #%&$$@! Then it decided to go correctly, tada.

    If all else fails tack and tie, and sign it with Love :)

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    When you make the "sandwich" is the backing completely free of wrinkles? Do you have a large enough flat area to either tape it down (like a clean kitchen floor, for example) or clamp it to a large table top? Make sure you're backing is wrinkle free before placing your batting on top of that and then your top. Pin, pin, pin, and pin some more!! Start your quilting in the center of the quilt and work to the ends. As I'm quilting, I give the backing a slight "tug" as I'm going along, especially after I remove pins that are in my path. This smooths any wrinkles that might have been in the backing from pinning.

    When you're done quilting, square up the quilt before binding.

    Don't give up. Take it slow. We were all beginners once upon a time. It will get easier as you get more experience.

    Hope this helps.

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    I am sorry. Hate when you have a bad tim trying to do good things.

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    Sounds like when I was doing 4 table runners and sewed the batting to the right side of the fabrics!
    then Machine no. 1 quit--then the second one quit, then I could not find the sewing foot for No, 3 machine, and No. 4 would not run......No. 5 is the wimp of the bunch
    We all have days like that-----anyone have a frame you can borrow? Even 1/2s with clamps will work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce L
    This last week has not been good to me as far as quilting. The top of my Railfence has been done for a few days. I sandwiched it, and sewed it together. I took it to hang on my quilt hanger and noticed that the quilt didn't go together like it was suppose to. I was so upset. I was ready to throw it in the trash. I walked away to allow a little cool down time. To make a long story short I had to cut the backing material from the quilt. If I hadn'd promised my sister I would make this for her, I would just forget it. I am now trying a different approch to putting on the backing. I have tried startching, spray adhessive, and several other sugestions I have received. Hope to have this finished in time for christmas.

    I have laminated wood flooring in my sewing room. I use MaskingTape and tape the end of the backing down using sometimes 3 layers. Then I go to bottom pull and hold having already got me a stripe abt. 5 inches long and tape it down like that all the way across.Tape is Long ways, then I tape it across these going all the way across without stopping until I am at the other end. Do the same to the sides. I very seldome have any wrinkles. For a small quilt I use basting spray. On a large one I Baste.
    Now to not prick my Laminated floor, (Husband would get upset as He put it down, you have to start at the end to replace. )( I got this from someone on this Board, don't remember Who, But I sure do love them for it.) either put a Big marble or a spool, I use a cone spool, It is easier for me to roll than the marble and I get more room for pin. Just put under backing and roll it as you baste, no pin pricks in wood. Works on carpet too,so you don't sew basting thread in carpet, done that lots of times. :lol: The Trick to not have any wrinkles in your quilt is making sure your backing is taunt enough. Then either spray baste or sew baste your sandwiched quilt. Good Luck and don't fret to stop quilting, I have been where you are at and so has most of the people on this board.
    BillsBonBon

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