Today’s blog post is an un-tutorial. Instead of showing you how to make something, I am going to talk about un-quilting. You know, the horrible process where it takes 2 hours to take out quilting that only took 2 minutes to put in.
My philosophy when it comes to ripping out quilting is very blunt…..don’t do it! You will never become a better machine quilter by ripping out quilting. But under a few, rare circumstances I will rip out quilting. I will only “un-quilt” if I mess up a customer’s quilt. For instance, the tension is bad or I used a design that they didn’t request. But thankfully that doesn’t happen often!
But, on the off chance that you find yourself needing to do some un-quilting, here are a few tips to make it a little less tiresome.
Step 1: First I flip the quilt over and work from the back. This allows the batting to help protect the quilt top and hopefully prevent dreadful holes in the top!
Notice the horrible pokies? This is what happens when you use two different colors of thread on the top and the bottom. Thankfully though this is just a sample and not a real quilt. (more about this sample next week!)
Step 2: (optional): buy a nice bottle of wine and settle in for a long session…..
Step 3: Then I pull out my handy-dandy seam ripper:
This is a Havel’s Seam Ripper and is my favorite thing to use. The curved blade is razor-sharp on the inside of the curve and dull at the point and outer side.
Using my leg to keep the underside of quilt (which is actually the quilt top) taunt, I will gently pull back the backing and use the seam ripper to cut through the threads.
This is kind of like scalping. Just keep peeling back and cutting the threads, until the layers are separated. (this will take eternity, you may have to repeat step 2)
Once you get that glorious point, you still have some work ahead of you. I like to use lint rollers to remove most of the loose threads. Then dip a clean, soft-bristled brush in water and gently rub on the holes left on the quilt top.
Then, to celebrate, repeat step 2 and promise yourself that you will never-ever put yourself through that again!
Now, how about a winner of the Robert Kaufman fabric from Monday’s giveaway??
The lucky winner is:
Liz, send me an email with your address, and I will get it sent out to you asap. By the way, you all had some fantastic answers! I especially liked the Albert Einstein answer. Couldn’t you just imagine using the quilting to make his crazy hair?? Now, if I ever get asked that question again, I know what I would say! Thanks to everyone who played along!