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Thread: I can't believe I'm taking out all the stitches from my UFO!

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    Senior Member tortoisethreads's Avatar
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    This may sound crazy, but I have a UFO that I think I will finish sooner if I stop hand quilting it and move to machine. A long time ago I bought a layer cake of Amy Butler fabrics. I simply sewed them together and added a boarder. I thought it would be fun to hand quilt circles all over this thing! I'm sick of it! I love the quilt, but I can not bear to do any more circles. Tonight, I was thinking of taking it all out! I know machine quilting would only take a day or so. Should I do it?

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    Why not do a grid behind the circles? Do the grid by machine, and you are done. Why waste your time and effort? Use it!!!

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    How far along are you with the hand quilting? Are you more than half way through? If you are you may want to rethink starting over. It takes awhile to skin a quilt and you are risking tearing, fraying and making holes in the fabric as you rip. Whatever you decide I am sure the quilt will be beautiful.

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    The bottom line is, what would make you the happiest?

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    Well, I am more than halfway, but this was my first attempt at handquilting so the stitches are pretty big! It may not take too long. Also the quilt is a throw size...not too big.

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    Hand quilting stitches on a small quilt should be relatively easy to remove. I sense that you won't be happy with it if you continue hand quilting it.

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    Haha... I am not laughing at you but at the situation. I have a UFO... that I have quilted and ripped out TWICE! The first time, I got a nasty bunch in the center and the second time, I didn't like the design that the quilting made on the back of the quilt. It looked like a swastika.

    I only machine quilt as I am a instant gratification kinda of person so it's not like it took me all that long to quilt it in the first place. BUT that darn UFO is still floating around my to-do pile (3 years later).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Why not do a grid behind the circles? Do the grid by machine, and you are done. Why waste your time and effort? Use it!!!
    I vote for Pam's idea...and if the circles that are done are large, you can do a simple grid or design in the middle of them as well.

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    OK, if I remember tomorrow, I will post a pic of my very first "big" quilt. Hand quilted and tied. I hid it for years. Now it gets used for a tablecloth at quilting events, and everyone wants to know where it came from, I think I could sell it!! A disaster! I had no idea that the monkey wrench was a difficult pattern, no one told me! The moral to the story is, go with what you got.

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    I have hand quilted and machine quilted on the same quilt.
    just leave it in and do the grid as suggested.
    it will be done and you will be happy!

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    I say leave it in. It could add interest to your quilt to have both.

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    Think of it as a quilting 'sampler'. Using both hand and machine quilting would be just like using different blocks. Maybe you could put few a few ties somewhere to make the quilting sampler concept more complete. And then convince yourself that you planned to do it this way. No one needs to know anything else!

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    I like renee765's idea to have different types of quilting if it works with your piece design. Or, let it rest for a bit and then decide - you may decide to finish hand quilting it, or come up with something different altogether without ripping out all your hard work hand-quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Why not do a grid behind the circles? Do the grid by machine, and you are done. Why waste your time and effort? Use it!!!
    I second this. It was your first hand quilting, big stitches included, I think you should not take it out. Also maybe you want to have a hoop lay around the house and let the kids finnish or yourself, over time, while using the quilt. That is if you want to finnish the hand quilt part too. Kind of a usuable practice bat for hand quilting.

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    I think you won't be happy with it the way it is. In that case you are better off unstitching it and starting over.

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