Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quilting the Flying Geese Quilt, and Wildlife Wednesday

Has this ever happened to you? I'm meandering along, in the groove, quilting the flying geese baby quilt.

Then I discovered that the backing had flipped over on itself and I had quilted through it. ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!

The way I meander, each of those loops at the edge traces back into the center of the quilt before wandering out to the edge again. For a few loops at the edge I would have to unstitch about a sixth of the quilt. 

Okay, I can fix this without picking out miles of quilting. 

By carefully cutting next to the stitching and pulling the fabric away, I was able to get rid of the bad layer of backing and keep the quilting. Flannel is loosely woven and with tweezers I was able to pull the fibers out from under the stitches. It was tedious, but not as bad as ripping out all that quilting. 

Here's what the edge of my backing looked like after I was finished - Swiss cheese! 
(Sorry for the greenish photo)

Once the finished quilt is washed and crinkles up nicely, no one will ever know there was a problem. 

Here's what the quilting looks like on the top. And under the machine light, you can see that rich purple, which usually photographs black. 

In other news, mama rabbit built a nest in the big flower pot at the bottom of our deck stairs. There are at least five, maybe six, bunnies in the nest, but not all of them are visible in this picture. 

This photo was taken on Monday, and yesterday the bunnies were all gone from the nest. 


  1. Bummer that happened, but you did a good job fixing it. And no one will be the wiser!

  2. That has happened to me! One time I did it on a wall hanging and was able to sew the hanging sleeve over the mess. :) Your solution worked really well. How fun to have baby rabbits in your flower pot.

  3. Great save! I'm keeping an eye on our Mother Goose to see when her babies hatch.

  4. LOL!! Of course, that's happened to me. Your solution is the same one that I use in that situation. I usually resort to tweezers for getting the last remaining fabric bits from beneath the quilting lines. Sweet bunny photo!

  5. That definitely happens to me (and did last week) and I solve it the same way you did. A few snips and gentle nudges with tweezers later and it's better. The swiss cheese edge is usually the reminder I need to pay more attention toward the edges as I proceed!

  6. Yes I did that before and I solved it just like you did.

  7. Bunnies! How fun! Yup, I've done that. Sometimes I unpick and sometimes I do just what you did: cut carefully around the extra backing and wash for crinkle :)

  8. bunnies! This is bumper year for bunnies in our neck of the woods, it's been fun watching them all.