Quilting: A Full Contact Sport

guest post from Jennifer Topp

Quilting is a full contact sport.

Well, not really. It does however require more energy, stamina and concentration than I would have expected. Quilting is definitely not a sprint. More like a marathon. You have to be in for the long haul. The term “quick quilt” is a bit of an oxymoron.

At the encouragement of the Sunday regulars at the shop, I aimed to finally finish my new wave quilt. I finished the top as a demo for the class I taught but then the quilting slowed right down. Determined to have a finish, any finish, I pushed on. Literally! Have you ever tried to push a throw sized quilt through a sewing machine? It’s a serious upper body workout. ¬†Finally I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and only had a few lines left to sew. I made sure my bobbin was nice and full. Nothing could stop me.

Well, nothing except sewing right into my finger. Oh yes. I was on the last line of my quilting. Most of the quilt was on the right so I had to push it through the throat in my machine. I was paying more attention to that side than the part under the needle. Then KACHUNK. My machine beeps wildly when it get stuck. I immediately turned it off then realized what had just happened. The needle went right through and broke off the machine. One of the only good things about living in a tiny space is that my husband and his tools were in the same room when it happened. I turned to him “help please” and showed him my index finger. He’s no stranger to puncture wounds and quickly grabbed his pliers and pulled it out before I really had a chance to panic.

I’ll get back to the quilting soon. Until my finger heals I think I’ll do a little garment sewing. Something quick and easy. Any suggestions?

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2 Responses

  1. Ouch!! (At least the quilt is gorgeous!)

  2. Ouch indeed! The quilt is great! Yes, quilting is like a marathon…every time you turn a corner and think that you’ll see the finish line, there’still more to do. Well worth the effort though! Heal quilckly and keep going!