Hey there! Welcome back for another blog post! This week I want to talk about bloopers.

We all make mistakes. And I’m no exception!

I felt compelled to share two of my own bloopers - my most memorable and my most recent - when I was putting together the binding tutorial posts (part 1 and part 2). I made some mistakes on the baby quilts I recently finished that really bothered me, and thought you all deserved a little behind the scenes peek!

Namely, when I was top-stitching the binding, I didn’t pull it tight enough around the edge and ended up sewing too high on the backside of the quilt. The result was misplaced top-stitching on the back.

This bothered me so much that I was tempted to un-sew and redo it. But ultimately I decided that the quilts passed the galloping horse test and let it slide. If it had been on the front side, I might have un-sewed after all.

My most memorable blooper was on a quilt I made for my cousin. On one piece, I messed up and didn’t end up with the appropriate seam allowance. Instead of a quarter inch, it was more like an 8th of an inch… or maybe less!

I decided it was going to be fine and just kept piecing. And everything was fine... until my cousin washed it.

In the washer, the seam came apart!!! I could hardly believe it! (I can still hardly believe it!) But the thread just didn’t have enough to hold onto… and it opened right up.

She brought the quilt back to me, and I remade the piece and sewed a patch onto the top, applique style. That solution brought it back to a passing grade for the galloping horse test, but it was still a major woopsies, and I was totally embarrassed.

Ok, friends - spill the beans! Share your most memorable bloopers in the comments!

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  • Carolyn Knees
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  • Val McFarlane
    Val McFarlane

    I just completed a log cabin with animals in the centre and light one half, dark the other. Sewed all the 24 blocks, patting myself on the back until I realised to achieve the pattern wanted I should have rotated creating a star. I could have pieced together giving an entirely different look. Instead I unpicked animal square in centre and top sewed back in. Once quilted stitching, which isn’t obvious, won’t be noticeable and much happier with result. Note to self to read pattern twice before beginning.

  • Beth Carter
    Beth Carter

    I was machine stitching a double fold binding to the front of my quilt. As I sewed, I keep having the uneasy feeling that something wasn’t quite right. Only when I was finished and was ready to fold the binding to the back for hand stitching did I realize what it was that was wrong. I had sewed the folded edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt…. I did have to pick out the entire binding, and it wasn’t a small quilt! Never made that particular mistake again!

  •  Bobbie McKee
    Bobbie McKee

    I have done exactly like you with my seams I-am an expert at ripping out!

  • Deb Singer
    Deb Singer

    Blooper…making the card trick table topper. Pattern calls for 2 1/4" strips. So I figure that I can use a jelly roll because 2 1/2" strips won’t make that much difference. HA! Boy was I wrong. Thankfully I had some pieces left and was able to put a large square in the middle of it to cover up the gaping hole I created by not following the pattern. I guess they give you the measurements for a reason!

  • Charlotte Nash
    Charlotte Nash

    Made a small zipper bag and when finished discovered one side of lining was wrong side out! I was going to gift it but kept it and every time I open it, it’s a good reminder to check before sewing it all together!

  • Linda Glaman
    Linda Glaman

    I was hand quilting my sister’s wedding quilt while I was working in another city, so it was flying back and forth with me. Somewhere, somehow a small hole happened in the quilt top. Because I had quilted in spider webs in the corners (according to my book on crazy quilts, spiderwebs were considered to be good luck), I decided to darn over the hole with black thread and make it into a spider handing downing a quilted web thread from the corner web. The source of my third rule of quilting…there are no mistakes, only spontaneous design elements.p

  • Judy

    Always wondersd about shorting seam allowance! Thanks for sharing!

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