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Yesterday I began quilting a gift for someone special. You may have seen the top before in this post. It’s been patiently waiting while I ventured through the Delectable Mountains, completed (except binding) a project with my small group, and survived Fire and Ice.

Sometimes I have trouble getting the right thread tension, so I checked now and then and it looked very good.

I got done with the first pass of quilting. It’s an area about 16″ x 74″, or something like that. It looked good, went easily. I was happy. I rolled the quilt to advance it on the frame.  And I noticed … there was a big pleatey area all down the right side of the pass. The backing fabric hadn’t been pulled smooth and taut enough when I pin-basted the edge, so I stitched in pleats. 

I climbed under the frame to identify and mark the pleated areas with pins through from underneath. From the top, I found the quilting line that led through the pleats. I free-motion quilt, so the line can range a bit, wandering backwards and forwards, left to right. The quilting line covered a larger area than the pleats did, about 16″ x 12″. I made a fence with pins around it, to define where I needed to unstitch.

An area that took less than five minutes to quilt took more than an hour to unstitch.

Once I finished and removed the pins, I clamped the back fabric to pull it smooth. I sprayed the area lightly with water, on both the top and back of the quilt. With drying, the holes from stitching close up, and the fabric on the back dried taut, not saggy.

Today after going to the gym and errands, I’ll get back to the quilting. Wish me luck!


XOXO top. Sixth Medallion Sew-Along Track 1. 48″.

This is a UFO created last year with my Medallion Sew-Along. I started six projects using Track 1 (prescribed border widths) and have finished five of them. This is the sixth, not yet quilted.

Why did I give up on it? Because I wasn’t happy with the pastel half-square-triangle border. It seemed too wimpy to me, compared to the strong star in the middle. Once the blue-with-circles border was on, I put the project away.

But I’m a finisher. So I took it to my Medallion Improv class last month and asked the students for ideas on the 2″ border. They suggested turquoise or teal, to echo the first border. When I looked through stash, I found the turquoise with lavender butterflies and yellow dots. Adding that re-enthused me.

The final border in the Sew-Along template was 6″ wide. I already planned the Xs and Os border but wasn’t sure what colors to use. Inspiration struck and I decided to use all of them! I pulled more than 20 fabrics for the 28 blocks, ultimately using 16 of them.

The background fabric was a small problem, but solved when I used a very sweet mid-blue and turned it over. The color nearly matches the background of the center blue. Remember, you own BOTH sides of your fabric. Sometimes the back is just right.

This is a very happy top, and once quilted and bound, it will be a very happy quilt.

What’s the last UFO you finished? Why had you stalled on it? What inspired you to finish? Were you happy with it? Who got it?