It's Friday and time to link up and share whatever we've quilted this week! Today I'm still getting lost in Swirling Feathers in the new video background quilt.
While this is certainly a lot of eye candy, I've decided to also shoot some photos of the many mistakes I've made in this quilt. Here's a few pleats in the feathers in the left and right corners, probably created because I didn't follow my own advice and stay within 1 inch of the edge:
Here's a great example of imprecise travel stitching. There's something about lighter fabric with darker thread that just shines a light right on every single tiny travel stitching mistake:
So why this showcase of mistakes?
The #1 purpose is to highlight the fact that I make mistakes every single day.
I'm quilting, therefore I'm making mistakes. This background isn't perfect. If you came over right now and put your nose right up on it, you would see all sorts of interesting thread issues. I'm not perfect and I don't quilt perfectly, especially when I'm in a hurry.
I'm not going to rip any of this stuff out. For one thing, none of these mistakes matter. They are insignificant and will not hurt the quilt in any way. If I had used a cotton batting with lots of shrink, these issues would be completely hidden in the folds of the shriveled quilt after it was washed.
Looking back at this quilt, I see how much I magnified these mistakes in my mind to make them seem bigger and more ugly and noticeable than they really were. Stepping back 5 feet, I can't see a single one.
Ultimately this post has one point: go quilt. Don't worry about the little mistakes. You can agonize over the little stuff, get all upset and pick every little thing out, and where will you get? You certainly won't be able to get much quilting done with a seam ripper in your hand!
So what have you been up to this week? Let's see your beautiful quilting, and yes! share mistakes or issues too if you have a photo!
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Let's go quilt,