Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ode to my seam ripper

This trusty little friend has been working hard for me.
As I've quilted my Tree quilt, I've gotten wrinkles on the back, mainly near the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  I fixed one area so far, by taking out the stitches, flipping it over, and quilting from the back so that I can hold the excess fabric taut.  It worked pretty well, with the wrinkle nearly gone and the stitch quality on the front still pretty good.
Here's the back, and the front for comparison.

Once this section was fixed, I kept quilting, and pretty soon I had 2 more wrinkles to fix.

More fun for my trusty seam ripper! She can't wait to get to work. See her peeking out from the pocket of my quilting apron?
Despite these setbacks, I am still making progress and having fun with this quilting!  Here's an overall shot of the back.
And here's a close-up of the Swirling Water design from the front.


  1. WOW! The quilting in the last picture is sooooo nice. I love the design. I am glad to know you have such a great relationship with your seam ripper and that you are spending some quality time together. But, don't forget about the people in your life. We love you too!

  2. I love what you are doing with the FMQ.

    1. Thank you! I've been having a lot of fun with it.

  3. Given the title of your post, I expected some poetry to go along with the artistic shot of your seam ripper. I have composed a haiku for you:

    New machines are fun
    But rippers are better for
    Sewing in reverse.

    1. I LOVE the haiku! It did cross my mind to try a limerick for this post, but I wasn't feeling creative enough. Thanks for providing the poetic words a trusty seam ripper deserves.

    2. If it's a limerick you want, here you go!

      There once was a seam in Ohio
      That puckered and bothered the eye-oh.
      The stitches weren’t flat,
      But we’ll have none of that
      So the ripper gave the seam a “Bye bye-oh.”