Frogging: reverse quilting, or ripping out the quilting you just put in (Rippit, rippit, rippit!) because you made a big “oops”!
I just spent 3 1/2 hours frogging on a customer quilt. That is 3.5 hours leaning over the machine while picking out stitches, because this quilt is HUGE and I don’t want to take it off to rip stitches and then try to reload it… things will never line up as they should.
I knew what I was doing might cause problems because it has happened before. The border on one side was very “full”, plus the seams did not line up straight down on the one side. I proceeded to do some smoothing to the left side and some tugging to that side until I had everything lined up as it should be. I quilted… 6 rows.
When I advanced the quilt I noticed that the rows where I had tugged to get the quilt to line up, had several tucks on the lining. Time to “frog”. UUGGGGHHH! Thankfully I was able to remove about 1/4 of 4 different rows and then work the fullness in the lining over. Next time I will use the side clamps to hold the lining taut while I am tugging and adjusting the quilt top!
TOP 10 REASON I HATE FROGGING!
10. It makes me want to kick myself for doing something stupid, again. I should have known better… this has happened before.
9. I have a much better use of my time, like for instance, FINISHING the quilt on the machine rather than ripping out.
8. Oh, my aching back!
7. Customer quilt = being VERY careful (and therefore SLOW) with ripping.
6. The pay per hour for frogging sucks!
5. Now there are needle holes all in the lining fabric. (I will sprits these with water after the quilt is finished to help the holes close up.)
4. OH! My aching BACK!!
3. I had hoped to be finished with this quilt today… not going to happen.
2. I have to exercise that “fruit of the Spirit” called PATIENCE. NO ONE likes to practice that one!
And the #1 reason I hate frogging… (drum roll, please!)
1. OH, OH, OH!!! My ACHING ACHING BACK!!!
Ice packs and “Dancing With the Stars” are calling my name. Hope your afternoon went smoother than mine! No “sympathy” comments are necessary… but thanks for letting me whine a little.
Tomorrow I WILL finish that huge quilt, and perhaps another one as well.