I’m a clutz.
There. I said it.
Not that it needs to be confirmed by me, as everyone who lives around me KNOWS –I have zero depth perception. I’m not even allowed to pull the van into the garage, because while I may miss the driver’s side mirror, I will instead completely take off the passenger side mirror on my way in.
I can’t count the number of times I have hit my hip on a door knob, or a sewing machine cabinet corner even when there is way ample space to circumvent such a painful “that’ll leave a mark!” moment!
Such was the case in the studio the other day when I was at the machine quilting, getting ready to advance the quilt to the next area awaiting stitching.
I turned, got caught in the batting, and left a hole.
It wasn't just a little hole, no -- it was a big, gaping raw edged hole, and the quilt was getting close to being half quilted at this time.
I didn't want to take it out of the machine, and I really didn't want to bother with hand stitching a batting-patch in place.
And then I remembered that I had some of this on hand that had been gifted to me in a quilter's bag of needful things:
Hahaha! I knew I saved this for a reason!
Under-laying a patch in place.
I didn't want lumps. I didn't want bumps or thick spots. Since the edges of the ripped hole were slightly feathered, I took a small oval shaped left over piece of batting and I tugged on the edges of it to feather them as well.
My piece was just bigger than the size of the hole, and I laid it under the hole, positioning it in preparation for doing some "if this doesn't fix it, nothing will!" bonding.
Do yourself a favor..
READ THE DIRECTIONS!
Especially follow Step 2! The first time I tried to fuse I melted the interfacing strips to the bottom of my iron because I forgot to cover with a damp cloth. Ooooops! Also remember to set iron to MEDIUM heat! **Add iron cleaning to the to-do list!
Once I got it right, it worked like a charm.
All patched up and ready to roll!
When the fusible was cool, I flipped the batting over and closely trimmed any excess away from the edges of the hole, again in an effort to avoid any thick spots in the quilt.
Can you even tell where the problem hole was?
I can't feel it in the quilt either, try as I might.
You can also cut your own pieces of iron on interfacing big enough to cover the hole, but this was so convenient and I already had it on hand, where I didn't have any other kind of fusible in the studio at all.
This stuff has earned it's rightful place in my quilter's bag of tricks!
It's a strangely warmish and rainy Christmas-eve-eve here in Wallburg, NC.
I'm spending today tying up some loose ends with our Mystery so that is ready to go. Remember part 5 goes live on Dec 26th -- NOT on Christmas Day. Please spend that with family and friends and put the mystery on hold for just a bit. Believe me. The pieces will be waiting for you after you have loved on your dear ones as much as you can.
Make those memories. The quilt will wait!
When I'm done here with the computer work I'll be heading up to the cabin for Christmas.
Son Jason arrives TONIGHT. I can't wait to love on him. Son Jeff will arrive tomorrow as he works until 9pm tonight --he'll be too tired to drive up, and we'll just see him after breakfast tomorrow.
Wishing you much love and scrappiness from the house of Quiltville!