Picking out stitches has to be the most frustrating part of quilting. I was trying a new quilting design and had the done the right thing and practiced on paper. It looked wonderful. I had worked out any kinks, limiting as well the amount of travelling back over stitches. It was suggested by the pattern in the border fabric. I had already done the center medallion so ................
But, a tiny thread interfered with my plans. After a few stitches using the border pattern, things were not smooth. Ok, a couple of times the travelling was a tiny bit sloppy but not bad. So I pushed forward like a good soldier. Not a good idea. I must have had my brain turned off. Pushing forward just made more messy stitches. So, I had what was a lovely pattern with too many wobbles and lots of stitches at 14 per inch in a border. Totally not remotely acceptable.
What was the lesson? Two actually. First is if you feel the least bit tired when quilting, quit. It does not take long to make a mistake worse. Do not try something new when you are tired. Second, when cleaning surfaces do a thorough job. I might have not seen the thread or it might have been picked up while quilting but when things that are smooth get wonky, there is a problem. Stop. I will not mention just how blue the air got nor will I provide the time it has taken to get the stitches out. The fact that the thread was 50 weight and matched the border perfectly added a bit more tension to the work. It is not finished yet. Let's say raking leaves; lots and lots of leaves on the ground and falling from overhead was a preferable activity this afternoon.
On a happier note, I have planned a quilt that makes me think happy thoughts. Here is the picture which will become a small quilt. Not saying when but in the future. The three boys enjoying a quilt.