Tuesday, March 8, 2011

With Seam Ripper Close At Hand...

Everything I sew lately needs to be ripped out.  Really. I can't help but laugh at myself.
Here is my latest project in need of a fresh start:

This is a panel I bought to learn hand quilting on.  Obviously that didn't happen :)  Now I'm just trying to get it done so I can take it off my UFO list. 

You can't see it, but a bit farther down on the fabric is the Nativity scene, some Wise Men and Shepards; all the usual Christmas crowd  :)   Oh, and the dove fabric is the backing.

I don't like the white thread I used above, there is just too much contrast between it and the darker colors.  I'm not sure what to use in its place, maybe gold or invisible?

The pattern has me stumped, too.  I tried to outline the important figures, and just meander all over the rest, but I don't like how it turned out.  I tried this mainly because it just seemed wrong to stitch through the Baby Jesus  :)

Then again, maybe I'll just sandwhich this with fusible fleece and forget quilting it altogether.

Well, I won't be doing any more sewing until I finish all my ripping ( I still have my BOM to rip out).  Tomorrow I'll be sitting by a sunny window with a cup of coffee and a seam ripper...

Happy Quilting to you, and may your seam ripper gather dust!


Unknown said...

I hear ya! My husband always laughs when he hears me grump from the other room, because he knows that I messed something up and is busy ripping out the seam. :)

Good luck finishing your UFO's this year, that seems like an issue we all have to tackle.

elle said...

Not every beginner project is an heirloom and some just need to be recognized as practice pieces and dealt with accordingly. Invisible thread or a coloured marker hides wrong coloured thread. These panels are strong visuals. If this is a potential heirloom then cut yourself some slack and just outline some of the major objects or parts there of like wings, star, etc. Then follow the line on horizons, borders, buildings, trees, vines, lattice and such. Just enough to hold things. Then cross it off and do the next ufo. It doesn't always have to be two steps back and one step forward. You learn more by doing than by endless ripping. BTW, at one time I had an 'heirloom' panel! ;^)

Live a Colorful Life said...

The sunny window and cup of coffee sound awesome. The seam ripper? Not so much...

I'm not sure I have any valuable advice but I sure applaud you for working on a ufo, and hand quilting!