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Thread: My New Best Buddy

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    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
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    My New Best Buddy

    I just needed to take a break after sewing 20 pieces wrong on my French Braid/Friendship baby quilt that I am sewing for my GGD who is scheduled to arrive in mid March.

    Everything was going along so well until I got a bit "cocky" and thought I didn't need to check that my pieces were configured correctly. Big mistake! Last row and I sewed 20 wrong before I realized I had made a mistake.

    1st photo is a shot of my sewing room with my design wall holding part of my quilt and the 2nd photo is a shot of my new "best buddy" and the pieces that I had to rip out. There is an old saying, "They don't know how long it took you they only know how it looks!" I do have a deadline here and needed to be more careful. Anyway, I am so grateful that I have my "best buddy". It made this job tolerable. I am sure that most of you have one. If not, now is the time to get one. Using the top piece that goes over the seam ripper like an eraser, it pulls out all the little threads after you rip out the seam. Saves a huge amount of time and frustration. Bought mine on line but have seen them in the LQSs. I need to lock this baby away so no one decides to use it and misplace it. )

    Thanks for listening - again.

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    Very pretty colors. Baby and mother will love it!

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    i guess it's better than finishing the whole row wrong. sorry you had to frog it. it looks lovely so far.
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    I use my ripper alot also. Your quilt will be gorgeous. Please show us when done.
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    I have that same style best buddy. I like that I can easily find it and that it has a good secure top.

    I wish I could remember all the errors I have made. Luckily, I can't, so I won't tell on me or you. It is the finished results that count and whether you had 'fun' doing it.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    I purchased one just like that recently! Have not used it yet. Sorry you had to rip out so much!! Your sewing room is beautiful!!!

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    I love your color choices!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I love the colors - your quilt is going to be beautiful and I also like your sewing room

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    I am working on a top for my grandson's new Big Boy Bed. Deadline March 2. Got the entire top pieced, THEN realized that entire section had been put in sideways. I tried really hard to leave it that way, but I just couldn't. A block with sharks was swimming wrong, two similar blocks were next to each other, and the frame around each block was wrong - the pieces are not all the same size so it messed up the overall pattern. Pooey, pooey, pooey. I had planned to spend yesterday sandwiching and starting to quilt, but instead spent it ripping and resewing.

    My best friend is an electric ripper. Love it! http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...l-t173190.html

    Thanks for the tip on this ripper - I have seen it but haven't picked one up yet.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Hi, I was given this ripper for a Christmas present and it is wonderful -- it is also very sharp! (or else I hadn't realised how blunt my older, smaller rippers are). Anyway, I was ripping away at some stitches and marvelling how quickly and easily it cut through the threads, and found I had also sliced through the fabric. So all the time I saved using a wonderful sharp ripper will be more than lost by sewing a patch over the ripped fabric. So take care!

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    I was given that same seam ripper as a gift and just love it. not more using my nails to get the threads. I just love it. and the colors of your quilt also.
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
    Stay strong and keep looking up.

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    I love your fabric color selections - it will be beautiful. Sorry you had to frog so much - happens to all of us at some point.

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    Fons and Porter red and cream big handle seam ripper pulls out the threads too. It works great. When the quilt shops has the new seam ripper I'll buy it too.
    Got fabric?

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    I saw that little gizmo demonstrated at the LQS and thought it was a bit over-priced. I guess if I had that much ripping it would be a bargain. Your quilt is going to be so pretty and I'm looking forward to seeing the end result.
    Joyce

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    Thanks to all of you for your positive feedback. I cannot take credit for these beautiful colors as I bought a 2.5" strip packaged set at my LQS. I loved the ease of this "chevron-style" pattern and it was fairly easy to put together. However, I did make a huge error and it cost me quite a bit of waste. Not even sure exactly where I went wrong but if you do this quilt, I suggest that you pay close attention to your beginning pieces. Make sure they are in the correct configuration. I believe that what happened to me was that I had theses pieces up on my design "board" and in order to get the whole row on I started quite high. High enough that I had to use a step ladder and I believe that I couldn't really see where my last few rows should start. I believe that they needed to be a row higher. Once you get going incorrectly, the whole row is wrong.

    The quilt turned out really pretty nontheless and I love it. Thanks again. Yolanda Wood River

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