One of the big reasons I've had such a long break from my sewing projects is that the last time I worked on the quilting for the Peanut's blanket I broke the needle on my sewing machine by running over a pin. I was just barely into the quilting stage and in a fit of frustration put the whole project aside.
Thankfully for Handyman Tim, my machine was eventually fixed but I just didn't have the courage to pick that project back up again. I didn't want to chance running over another pin but didn't know how else to jump that hurdle. I figured there had to be a better way.
After a little time to clear my head, I searched online and discovered this:
WHERE have you been my whole life?! THIS is the answer to everything I've been doing wrong with my sewing.
It might be the easy way out, maybe it is considered cheating by "real quilters", I don't care! For the first time since I started quilting I was able to do an entire quilt without any puckering on the back! Even better, I finished the quilting on the Peanut's blanket in under an hour! It used to take me days! Yes, I'm exclamation mark happy right now, I wish I could better express how excited I am to discover this stuff.
I was super nervous to try this out so I roped poor Handyman Tim into the trial. We knew it had to be done in a well ventilated area. Leave it to him to decide to do it on a spare piece of drywall in the garage:
I don't think I will ever do another quilt without this stuff. Hopefully Handyman Tim won't mind being my "glue man" for upcoming projects. The second pair of hands comes in super handy when I'm trying to lay the fabrics down into the quilt sandwich.
Now that the Peanut's quilt is ready for binding, I'm heading back to do Little Pea's quilting. That one makes me a little more nervous, I'm still iffy about the borders. Guess we'll see soon enough how it comes out!