Seeking spiritual enlightenment often requires a person to detach themselves from conscious thought and to cease distractions of the world entering their mind. By working on this quilt I am in such despair that I am one step away from my brain shutting down and I will attain the meditative state of thinking of nothing.
This quilt is a troublemaker. It is truly getting on my last nerve. I used to love this quilt, I am really getting into improve style quilting. This quilt was made in a day, just before I moved out of my old house back in august. (yes it takes me ages to get round to actual quilting…) But seriously, how can you not love a quilt that you made in a day that still looks good despite that? Well, I soon found out how.
The first problem that I ran into was during basting. I was spray basting, because it is so much easier and quicker that thread or pin basting. I love spray basting! I sang away. But then I ran out half way through. Oh. So I had to do a bunch of basting with safety pins. I hate pin basting. I sobbed.
I was still basting by the time the second quilt problem announced itself. ‘Look at my gaping hole!’ It sneered at me. A bit rude, I thought. So out comes the needle and thread. I close up the hole. And I do the tiniest zig zag stitching on the edges of the disappearing seam, in the hopes that it would prevent a hole appearing later on in life. And I patch the area with matching canvas to strengthen the area. I figure I will quilt heavily on this patch to keep it all there.
I decide I would quilt in a spiral using the walking foot on my Bernina B330, since it is meant to be really good for quilting as it moves the bottom fabric at the same time as the top fabric so it prevents any chance of puckering. I’ve never quilted a spiral, and I was so excited!
I did the first circle part! And then it just went from bad to worse, quite quickly. Spiral quilting is deceptively hard; it actually is something that looks easier than it is. Spiralling out of control? It all makes sense now!
My advice if you want to quilt a spiral design, is to first test out whether you like to go clockwise or anticlockwise. I did not test, and going anticlockwise felt very unnatural to me. I switched to a darning foot to see if it would improve things, and it definitely made it easier and smoother, but I still just wanted to be going the other way the whole time.
After a few encounters with the safety pins, my needle broke in quite an impressive manner. Look at the hole it punched through the safety pin! The thread didn’t even break!
With new needle in, I just got on with it. Trying to be better at free motion quilting. Focus. The top thread began to break. There was a weird fluffy bit, so I got rid of a portion of the thread to make sure that none of the weak thread would be in the quilt, but unfortunately the top thread still breaks every couple of rounds.
I have had to start and stop so much and I keep jumping the thread when I begin to sew again, but by now I have stopped caring. It is just for me after all, and some parts of it look really textural! I actually increased the wonkiness of the spiral to make it look like it was always my intention…clever right?
I considered unpicking, but because I had started and stopped with tiny stitches so many times it would have been too difficult. I feel that there is no other option but to just go on wading through the excrement that is this quilt. Is that too far?
Let me know in the comments if you have ever had the misfortune of having to deal with a project that just keeps testing your limits, it is always more fun to talk bad about crafts with others!