I spent two days unpicking quilting stitches with the seam ripper. My hands felt like they wanted to fall off. I took yesterday off from the unpicking to work on replicating the quilting pattern.
NOTE TO SELF: Go to YouTube first. Step #1: Go to YouTube.
I needed a clear tracing of the quilting pattern, and what’s clearer than Saran Cling Wrap?
Yes, I was able to get a clear tracing, and my SAD irons (pattern weights) worked great to hold everything in place. The trouble started when I removed the clear plastic wrap. The plastic wrap was just too squirrelly to work with. And stuck to itself. I already know this, of course, and why I don’t even use it in the kitchen. I’m not even sure why I have it in the house.
2nd Attempt: Photocopy the quilt pattern, cut the pattern out in order & tape all into its proper place.
Which I then traced onto tissue paper, as per the idea I had a couple of days ago. My idea was to place the tissue paper over an area and just free motion quilt over the top of the tissue paper following the pattern. BTW: the two partial feather loops on the left side of the pattern I kept for proper spacing purposes. Spacing is part of proper pattern placement.
Sadly, tissue paper is as fragile as clear plastic wrap is squirrelly. There’s no way tissue paper could survive my trying to free motion quilt over.
I sat back, had a cup of tea and thought “What I need is a stencil.” It felt like I was on the right track with the photocopied pattern, just needed a bit more follow thru. What I needed was a sheet of stiffer plastic to try and make a stencil. I got dressed and went to Michael’s.
3rd Attempt: When I got home, I taped the photocopied pattern onto it, brought out every French curve ruler I owned and went to work.
I used carbon paper and very, very carefully~and slowly~using a different ruler for each and every curve, traced the patten onto the plastic sheet.
But now what?? Great tracing, I’ll give you but…how…to get it over and onto the fabric of the quilt?? Dark fabric at that!! I need to somehow make this tracing act like a stencil.
Finally, I’m ready to open up YouTube and watch a video on how to make your own stencils. I was on the correct path with the tracings, but from here what I need is some inkjet printer Transparency Films.
I will go get some of this today, load my printer with it just as if it were 20# copy paper, use the tracing on the plastic sheet and copy the pattern onto the transparency film. Here’s where the brilliant magic happens:
I’ll have to make the photocopies in 4 different sheets and then tape them together like I did before, take the pattern to my regular sewing machine and without thread, sew thru the transparency sheets following the pattern. The needle will punch holes, replicating the pattern, on the transparency sheets, I’ll use my quilt pounce to stencil the pattern onto the quilt.
I have about a week’s plus worth of work to unpick the quilting stitches that have to go to get this quilt fixed. Maybe a little longer as I can’t do it all day every day, after 16 hours, my hands hurt. Every day, to give my hands a break from unpicking stitches, I’ll take time to practice this pattern on scrap fabrics & batting as free motion quilting is a skill that has to be developed. Right now I feel like a kindergartener learning how to color inside the lines with the big fat crayons. It’s all very loosey-goosey and gets away from me. I don’t have control of it just yet, but I will soon enough.
I have a needle and thread. Anything can be fixed.