|The Unhappiness That Is My Collar Bone|
In this post, I wanted to document some of the things that have worked for me in the final stages of this project so I can refer back to it in the future and save myself some trial-and-error:
|Marking Stars for Free Motion Quilting|
|"Wave Stitch" Controls Fullness in Unquilted Border Perimeter|
My next trick when I am doing a Minky-backed quilt with satin binding is to enlist my serger to trim and clean up the edges of the quilt before binding. That wave stitch also enabled me to remove the remaining safety pins from the quilt before they went anywhere near the serger blades...
|Two Thread, Left Needle Serger Overlock Before Binding|
One big, HUGE thing to remember as you're setting up your serger is that MINKY STRETCHES, but ONLY IN ONE DIRECTION. It's important to test your stitch settings across both the lengthwise AND the crosswise grains before you start in on your quilt. Otherwise the stitch that looked great on your sample might get wavy on the two sides of the quilt where the Minky wants to stretch on you.
|Test Your Stitch Settings on the Lengthwise AND Crosswise Grains!|
Here's one more serger trick that I always forget when I'm trimming away the excess batting and backing fabrics as I overcast the edge of the quilt. Just before reaching the corner, I cut away a couple of inched of the excess fabrics on the side I'm about to stitch with a scissor. Then I can serge right to the edge of the corner, sink my needle just off the edge and raise it to the highest position, pull the work backwards to clear the stitch finger, and then turn the quilt to begin stitching the next side of the quilt right at the corner where I left off. I always mess up the first corner before I remember the scissor trick. If you forget, you try to turn the corner but the bulk of the untrimmed batting and backing is in your way so you can't get the quilt back under the presser foot far enough.
|Approaching the Corner, Next Side Scissor Cut 2-3"|
|Stitched Right Side Up, so the Front Looks Good...|
|...But the Back Is Not So Hot!|
|Water Soluble Thread Placement Line for Satin Binding|
|Settings for Water Soluble Thread|
I've decided on a triple-stitched zigzag stitch to secure the satin binding to my quilt. I'll be using Mettler Poly Sheen thread for that, for reasons of strength, matching the color and the sheen of the satin binding, and because both the satin binding and the Minky backing fabrics are polyester. I'm using a brand new size 80/12 Microtex Sharp needle to stitch the satin binding without any snagging or pulls (which are also possible pitfalls of pinning, which is why I'm considering gluing the binding in place).
|Broken Thumb with Splint|
Oh Rebecca, your poor clavicle! and thumb! Speedy recovery, wish that you didn't have to wait three weeks before surgery. Lots of great tips in this blog: thank you for sharing ever with sore shoulder and thumb.
Diane in MD
why did they have to wait so long before surgery? recovery is going to take awhile also won't it - right arm and left thumb - I really do feel for you. And that is exactly why I have ridden a bike in years other than an exercise bike that remains stationary - I have osteoporosis and I'm just not going to chance it even though some have called me chicken and said you only life once why limit yourself? because I want to be able to take care of myself and do the things I enjoy - I know I don't enjoy riding a bike so much that I want to take a chance that I might fall. I do so hope your surgery goes very smoothly and that in another month or two this well be just a memory and you will be moving around well
The first doctor wanted to leave it alone and said it would "probably heal just fine." He was also very condescending and defensive when I asked questions, and he said it would take about 3 months to heal. I wish I had been sent to the new doctor in the first place -- he's a sports medicine shoulder specialist. He explained that I have a lot of risk factors for it NOT healing well on its own: female gender, age older than 20, the fracture is displaced, and it is comminuted (broken into multiple fragments). He says I will heal a lot faster with surgery and the horrible shoulder pain will go away almost immediately, since I did not actually hurt my shoulder. Right now the weight of my arm is just pulling constantly on my shoulder and upper back muscles without an intact bone structure to support the weight. I feel much better about screwing my bones back together again than I did about leaving them to hopefully grow back together in a way that would be deformed and that would limit functionality and strength, but I'm still nervous about the surgery!
Thanks for your concern.
Oh my gosh that brake looks horrible and I can't believe you can even move. I hope your surgery goes well this week and you are back on the road to recovery soon.
Oh that's awful Rebecca! All that pain and discomfort is bad enough but not sewing?? I'm impressed that you are powering through this. You have some clever solutions to vexing problems with that fabulous quilt. I enjoyed the post except your pain from the fall! Be well.
Healing thoughts to you! Hope you feel better soon. Love the information about the satin binding. Take care. lane
Rebecca - Oh, that x-ray image made me wince in sympathetic pain for you. I am SO glad you got a 2nd opinion and are having surgery to repair. I'm sure you know this, but when you are prescribed physical therapy, be sure to comply with that order...physical therapy is the Best. Thing. Ever! So helpful! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Claudia W
If you need me to be your right hand and help you get back to sewing while you are healing, let me know!
You are such a trooper to keep trying to quilt. I feel so bad for you and wish I could help you, but I will pray for your surgery. May the Lord be with you.
Proverbs 16:24 "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
Oh, you poor thing:( Hoping your surgery goes well and you can get stitching again!
Ohmigosh how terrible. I just read this and it's Wednesday night, so hopefully your surgery went well. I sort of can't believe that you were sewing through the pain, but I'd probably do the same thing. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
I wish you a quick recovery Rebecca. You quilt looks wonderful!
This is my first visit Rebecca, as I as curious about you since you left a comment on my blog. I'm super impressed with the great detail you went into...while suffering from a broken collar bone plus other broken bones! What a trooper you are!
I do hope you heal quickly and can get back to your quilting.
Ouch! So awful to have both arms injured. I can't imagine that break healing well as is, glad you saw a better doctor. Best wishes for a fast recovery and continued stitching.
Not knowing you well, I hesitate at saying what a pain in the neck you are. (I'm sorry. I just had to.) I tensed up, and hurt all over seeing that x-ray. I'm so sorry this happened to you, especially when your quilt was almost ready, and baby arriving soon to claim it, too. I sincerly hope you recover quickly.
I was thilled when I started reading through your blog. You're a big process person, and give technical details that I find SO interesting. I like pretty pictures like everyone else, but get giddy when someone starts saying they adjusted tension to 'xyz', and it worked better, etc. It helps us all to grow. Not everyone digs that stuff out here, but it makes you my favorite blogger right now!
Again, sorry for the little dig there, but I will be thinking of you while you heal. Think of the quilting as your physical therapy.
Julie @ Pink Doxies
Oh, my goodness Rebecca you did a big boo boo. That Xray hurts me just looking at it. The other ray of the pins is pretty amazing. I hope you have a speed recovery now that it all done.
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