Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Unpicking again!

The quick unpick, or seam ripper, and I are good mates! We go back a long way. Mr Unpicker and I have worked on many quilts together, for better or for worse!! Lately, Mr Unpicker has been helping me to perfect my kantha-like quilt... the Flower Garden!


Mr Unpicker is not fussy, he is happy to rip out both machine stitches as well as hand stitching. He was happy to be able to make quick work of these beautiful, handquilted perle 8 threads, he really enjoyed ripping them out!


The problem became apparent as I worked my way around the border of my quilt. I had been quilting every 1/4inch horizontally across the quilt, however when I came to the border I decided to do vertical stitching. I had finished two borders when I realised the change in direction was really pulling and puckering up the quilt. Alas, all that work had to come out!


So here I am beginning again on my borders, this time going back to the horizontal stitching! It's looking better already.


I've been using a crease marker (she is pretty good friends with Mr Unpicker, there might be a little romance going on in the sewing basket!!) to mark out my 1/4 inch lines before stitching. I tend to just mark out a section at a time.


I've been using six different coloured perle 8 threads to hand quilt this quilt.


I tend to stitch anywhere from 3-7 rows using the one colour before I change to the next (click on photo to see closer detail).


This quilt will be celebrating it's third birthday this September, I am hoping it will be finally completed for that date!! xo

35 comments:

Maryse said...

Oh my! It's going to be amazing!!

AnnieMac said...

Oh my goodness Cathy, that looks amazing. I look forward to seeing it soon!

Janine said...

I hope Mr Scissors doesn't get jealous as we all know what he is capable of. x

Dee said...

So sorry that the stitching was puckering...but this is one of my favorite quilts ever! So awesome!

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

I know that feeling of being close to the finish, but having to backtrack and unpick. It's better than forging on though, and forever being unhappy with the quilting on the borders. It's going to be fantastic when it's finished. Have you seen the Slow Stitching blog and facebook group? You might be interested in joining.

Exuberant Color said...

it has been well worth all of your hours on that quilt. It is amazing!

Oops-Lah said...

I always admire people for their determination to make things perfect! I'm more of a "that will have to do" girl ;), although I also have a good relationship with my unpicker!! But on the other hand you've already invested so much time quilting this beauty and it's going to be fantastic. I wouldn't be surprised if it won a prize or two further down the road.

Jenny M said...

You will not regret the extra work of unpicking....as this quilt is, I think, going to be one of your favourites for years to come! It's such a beautiful quilt.

Carla said...

I can't believe you picked it all. I love everything about it

Julie said...

That quilting is giving your quilt the most beautiful texture. Such a waste of time having to unpick, but always worth it in the end.

Catherine said...

That is a wonderful modern take on a flower garden. I love it.

pandchintz said...

Stunning Cathy! Hmm, I wonder what Mr Unpicker and Miss Crease Marker would produce!!!

Liz said...

I think it's only right that you finish my quilt properly Cathy! ;-)

Stephanie said...

I admire Mr. Seam Rippers abilities and your patience. I love the hera marker. I use mine often. I hope this quilt celebrates a lovely 3rd birthday.

Sujata Shah said...

I can't believe you unpicked all that hand stitching!!! I guess you have to do what feels right. I am also working on a project with tons of Perle cotton thread. Love how your quilt looks. I clicked to look at the close up and it is absolutely gorgeous!

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

One of the loveliest quilts I've ever seen! The patterns and colors and just wonderful. I am so impressed and wish I had time to take up quilting - some day maybe. Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

Cathy Buel said...

This quilt takes my breath away. It is so beautiful. Hugs

Janet said...

Oh dear - I so hate to rip out hand stitching! It will be worth it in the end - It looks fantastic!! I love this project of yours.

Nifty Quilts said...

This quilt is worth every moment you spend on it. It looks fabulous! Who would've thought that a change in stitch direction would rumple it? Live and learn. I'm going to have to try one of those crease marker things. Happy stitching!

fiberchick said...

This is such a special quilt that it is worthy of the correction. After all, when it is hanging in a museum one day you don't want the nitpickers dissing your stitching:)

Charlotta said...

I'm glad you have such a great attitude about it. I will, of course, desew or rip out anything that needs desewing as well, but I really can't imagine having to unpick a bunch of hand quilting like that! Sounds very painful.
However, your quilt is so beautiful, that I totally understand your need to get it right.

Susie said...

It really is so beautiful. I adore the hand quilting. I can only imagine how soft it is.

Helen said...

I simply LOVE this quilt Cathy... its totally fabulous. The hand quilting is just perfect - three years very well spent indeed :-)

Janet said...

You know how much I adore that quilt so if you get sick of it, I'll look after it for a bit. Seriously though it is wonderful. Borders mean a finish is nigh.

Aunt TC said...

I can't wait to see the flowers up close. It's a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Juliann in WA said...

I just finished un-quilting a top that was not singing to me. Can you tell me what king of needle you are using with your Pearle thread?

Mojjo said...

I have Mr.Unpicker's cousin, the Stitch Reverser living in my house. This quilt is amazing and can't wait to see it finished!

Frederick Nunley said...

I have the same set in my basket. Unpicker and Creaser to mark the lines and they are both very dear tools for quilting. We have different names for them: Seam Ripper and Hera Tool but I like yours better. What a labor of love this quilt must be, I adore the flower motif and the tight lines of quilting make it extra special. Thanks for posting it's stories.

Carla said...

Cathy, you probably remember that I unstitched all the background of a very special quilt last year. It took many hours. I think that you will find that it makes for an even more intimate relationship with your lovely quilt. It will be even that more special because of the hours you have spent.

liz said...

Your quilting choice is resulting in a beautiful effect!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Oh no! Picking out is no fun, but I know you will be happy you did!
This quilt is gorgeous, it makes me want to take up hand quilting again!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I can't wait to see this!!! Mr Unpicker's brother lives with me, as does Miss Crease Marker's sister, it must be a family affair!

Seraphym said...

so beautiful!!!!!

Seraphym said...

so beautiful!!!!!

Nicky said...

Stunning quilt and love your devipotion in doing all that kantha quilting which will create glorious texture ! Would love to see and feel it IRL!