As I mentioned in my last post on Panto Progress, I had to spend some time frog stitching (rip it, rip it) because I learned lesson #1 the hard way (NEVER take your eyes off the panto design line…and when you do, make sure your needle is DOWN).
So, learning how to rip the stitching out was a good (notice I didn’t say FUN) experience for me.¬† I have a new favorite tool…my Superior Snippers.¬† They are PERFECT for handling this job. The very sharp, fine point is fantastic for getting under those tiny stitches and popping them out (always use care when using a seam ripper or sharp instrument on your quilt top).
How do I frog stitch? I discovered that “for me” if I just pop about every 5th – 6th stitch and then reach underneath and PULL that bobbin thread out it goes the fastes.¬† For any straggling top thread bits, I use a lint roller (or a piece of packing tape works great too)…swipe across and they’re gone.¬† Quick spritz…let it dry and I’m ready to quilt again.
I finished the panto…but changed to a different top thread, a Superior LAVA thread; I used Magna-Glide bobbins on the whole thing…they are AWESOME!¬† Then I decided to “use” the quilted panto design (my rendition wasn’t that great) and “shadow quilt” over it again from the front (freehand style).¬† When I ran out of the blue LAVA thread, I decided to test a new thread (it’s the yellow one) which I really like.
Doing freehand quilting over the previously quilted panto design was a great way to practice the controls and movement on both sides of the machine…a sort of 2fer.¬† Oh yeah…I didn’t like how my points turned out inside the flowers on the panto quilting…so I filled them in with thread.¬† YAY!
This practice piece is small and very simple (I just used muslin)…but I’ll put a simple binding on it and use it as a lap cover this fall/winter when the weather turns cool again.¬† It will be fun to pull it out then and see how much I’ve learned over the summer.