I've been making these nine-patch squares for some time now as leaders-and-enders and found that I had enough to make a lap quilt - originally intended for my father-in-law as a birthday present, so that he could wash the one he seems to use constantly. I decided to keep things simple and easy and quilt with just straight lines. The first rows of quilting, the diagonals, went fine, no problems. But then I decided to add some extra vertical and horizontal lines of quilting too. And they puckered.
I had to make a decision. Whether to unpick the whole lot and start again or to give up on the idea of it being a gift, just finish it any way and keep it to use in the car or the garden, or for Rosie. Being somewhat less than a perfectionist, and rather lazy, and of the mindset that hates to unpick and just wants to get on and get it done, I went for the second option. It's a bit of shame as it's quite colourful and cheerful and now there's no time
left to make another for FIL. Hey ho.
Of course, absolutely typical,
the back is perfect, not a pucker in sight! I'm not keen on machine quilting, straight line or free motion, unless it's on a small project; but I can't afford to send them to the long arm quilters, though I will treat myself one of these days when I make something wonderful. So I suppose that I'll just have to persevere. Any tips?