But let me tell you the story from the start. A friend of mine ordered a quilt for a friend of hers who just had baby no. 3 (do you sense a theme here?). She picked Noteworthy by Sweetwater from my stash and we talked about the design and she went with sashed charm squares. So far, so good, I went to work and had the top pieced together quickly. I had to buy some fabric for the back though and went to my local quilt shop. I don't go there all to often since their stock is so lala (batiks and all that stuff). I also needed batting, but wouldn't you know, they had just run out of cotton batting. All they had left was either some cotton silk mix (nice, but super expensive) and polyester. What can I say, I had my kids with me, I was in a hurry, and the saleslady talked me into it.
I pieced the back, basted the whole thing and started quilting. And that's where everything went south. I went with straight line quilting in this first try. After about a third of the quilt, I realized that the top had shifted substantially and was now overlapping the batting and the back on one side for about two to three inches. I spent three movie nights on the couch ripping out the quilting. I basted it again and thought myself so clever. Because now I tried circular quilting. Because if I start in the middle and work my way out, I can smooth out wrinkles along the way, right? Well, not quite, because when I checked the back side, there were quite some big puckers and pleats. The seam ripper had become my best friend by now and I was close to telling my friend she should just give some onesies and burp cloth as a gift since there won't be a quilt!
At this point, I had realized that this is due to the bloody polyester batting. Thankfully, I had ordered some cotton batting online in the meantime. So I basted and quilted the thing again. And wouldn't you know, no trouble whatsoever, I quilted it in about an hour.
I'm happy that it came to this finish, what can I say? Sorry I went on and on in this blog post, I just had to blow off some steam, I guess... .
I hope the parents of baby Ella will cherish this quilt...
Three is also a magic number for this blog today, since I'm celebrating three years of blogging today. And what better way to celebrate with a little candy? If you would like some as well, here you go:
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