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To pick or not to pick...that is the question

Old 06-08-2010, 11:10 AM
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Urgh! I get so frustrated with myself. I have been working on my first Quilt for Kids quilt (which is overdue already) and I have been doing my first FMQ'ing on it. I am doing pretty darn good, if I do say so myself...I am very pleased with how it's coming out. Only...I just realized I made a big boo boo.

I had finished 6 squares with a stipple pattern. Midway through my 7th square, the bobbin monster attacked. I put the quilt away because it was late. When I came back to it, my memory lapsed and I refilled the bobbin (which was previously filled with light blue to blend with the backing) with dark blue (which is my top thread.) So, I have gone on to finish seven more squares, as well as the half finished one.

It is terrible. It shows my every mistake on the back and to make it worse, one square is half and half.

Should I pick them all out? I have never picked out quilting before...is this going to send me 'round the bend picking out all these stitches? I am so upset! If I pick them all out, what do I do about the holes left?

*sigh* I think I need chocolate.....lots of chocolate.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:13 AM
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The holes should close up once the quilt is washed and dried.
I am so sorry that this happened to you, but other than picking the stitches out? I don't think there is another solution :(
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:14 AM
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I don't have the answer, but I sure feel for ya! Hope the ladies in here can give u some answers that will save you time and frustration!
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:15 AM
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Never frog (rip-it, rip-it) for design choice, only for tension. Usually, the holes close up. You can spritz it with water to help, but it's rare that that's necessary.
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could you applique some things over that area?
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:16 AM
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Pick. Been there, done that more times than I care to remember!
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:18 AM
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If it's any consolation, I once spent 10 hours ripping out 1 row of panto design. It was a really dense design, with lots of overlap and the tension was off enough that it had to come out, but not off enough that it was easy to pull out.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:21 AM
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I'm sorry! I don't know what I would do... :(
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:22 AM
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Danggit. :( Oh stitch ripper, come to me, let us get acquainted.
I will have my husband post if this ends up putting me in the looney bin.

Hope Downey doesn't get too upset that this quilt is going to be so very late.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:45 AM
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Yeeesssss....you must PICK!! I have spent hours and hours picking out bad quilting stitches, or wrong color, or folded over backing, or....whatever!!! It's one of the rights of passage with quilting....Today I must PICK IT OUT!!! LOL :-) Good luck!!!
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