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Thread: FMQers Don't Do This!!

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    FMQers Don't Do This!!

    I would imagine that most FMQers have done this to some degree or another, BUT if I can save just ONE from going through this I believe it is worth my time to post these pictures. I was on the very last edge of a wall hanging that I have been working on. When FMQing it is so important to make sure that your extra backing lies smoothly and does not fold over and get stitched down. I KNOW this to be true so I don't know if the excitement of almost being done or just pure stupidity caused me to do this, but what a nightmare. Now I must gingerly pick at these tiny little stitches and try very hard not to put a nick or a rip into the backing with my 'oh so sharp seam ripper' because that would just about be "all she wrote." Last night I picked a little out until my neck became stiff as a board and my eye twitched like my cat's tail while watching a bird out the window. It's going to take me awhile to get this out. Wish me luck...I'll post pictures of the finished product if I'm able to win. As the first picture shows I was almost finished. The second is the big OOPS!

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    Oh my word. Yes we do. so sorry!!
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    SO sorry for your oops, but your FMQ is beautiful! Just keep telling yourself .. it could have been worse.

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    so sorry that happen to you....and I do know about that..........been there done that......onley thing my fmq was not as beautiful as yours..

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    I did something like that on my last project and it chapped my bacon having to rip all those tiny stitches. It just sucks when we make those kind of blunders. Thanks for sharing.

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    Oh, my. So sorry this happened...and welcome to the "Well, THAT won't ever happen again!" club. It's always nice to have new members....but we never like the reason you get to join. Frogging stinks.

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    Yes, been there, done that, and sorry it happened to you.

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    Your other quilting is lovely. Unsewing is such a task!!

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    Your quilting is beautiful. Sort of like carefully cutting out a piece of fabric, fussy cut, and then it getting on the cutting mat under the next few cuts and suddenly it's spaghetti!

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    depending on how large the area is, you might square up that edge of the quilt and thus reduce the amount of unsewing you need to do. It will mean being careful when you re=quilt it...but when I did it, I squared up that one side, then put a piece of wash away stabilizer under the area I was re-quilting and it came out fine. the rest of your work is amazing....don't get discouraged over this bump in the road.
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    I have done that on my last 2 quilts!!! Thankfully, the second one was caught right away and didn't have to rip out more than an inch. Your photo is embedded in my mind.

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    Oh, so sorry, but your quilting fantastic!

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    I am another "been there, done that". Lovely quilting.

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    I don't FMQ but I have done this. I hate when it happens. It must be so much worse when FMQ because of the long line of stitching. ugh. I feel for you.

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    I have done this too! Your quilting is beautiful

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    I'm sorry this happened. I did it several times, every time I tell myself it won't ever happen again but it does
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    Your quilting is beautiful...sorry for all the little work you have to do.

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    It's happened to us all at some time.
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    Your quilting is beautiful. I have done this before and it is so aggravating.
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    Yup, done that too. Now I put small safety pins around the outside edges every foot or so. It helps prevent it from happening.

    I've even stitched my supreme slider to the quilt before! I only noticed because the machine sounded different to me.

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    Been there. Done that. Am a slow learner, so I'll probably do it again.

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    Oh, poor you. You are not the first and definitely will not be the last. I know you will make a good job though.

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    Well at least it is all in one spot! I had that happen along an edge when I was stippling. I not only had to pick it out but tie off and bury all the ends and do a lot of reconnect segments and bury all those ends. I really really don't want to do that again!

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    Oh, yeah, been there, done that. Now that I'm using a Sweet Sixteen, I keep asking myself every time I sit down to quilt "Where are your edges?" Quilt I'm working on now, I rolled up the extra batting/backing almost to the quilt edge and pinned it in several places, so it doesn't do that. But recently I sat down to play with a "practice" quilt I keep nearby to warm up before my project, and I did exactly the same thing that you did. Ugh!

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    I've only been at this a couple of years and must confess I've "been there & done that" more times than I've kept track. You would think I'd learned my lesson! Good for you for "fessing" up & showing the picture!
    Mavis

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