Monday, January 27, 2014

05/2015: Three is a magic number! (with a giveaway!)

The following quilt is a prime example for the three Rs. But in this case, it's not about reduce, reuse, recycle. It' more about rip out, rebaste, requilt. Respectively, this blog post could also be titled "This quilt nearly made me give up quilting" or "Polyester batting is evil!".


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:


I'm giving away two Comma candy packs. Just leave a comment on this post. If you are a follower and tell me so in the comments, you'll get a second chance to win. I'll pick a winner next Monday. This giveaway is now closed!

Linking up with MontagsMacher and Sew Cute Tuesday!

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32 comments:

  1. Ripping of the quilting? Oh boy, no good occupation for a movie night :)
    Polybatting is a pain in the neck - if you ask me - it always get stuck at the fingers, at the pullover, everywhere where it shouldn´t ... good that the cotton batting arrived in time!! The quilt is so pretty!!

    Oh - by the way - I´m a follower :)
    Those charm would be really nice for my farmer´s wife blocks - LOL

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  2. great story! thanks for sharing. the quilt is beautiful. I am a follower of your blog... comma is one of my favorite lines ever!

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  3. Ich hätte schon 3mal aufgegeben an deiner Stelle ;)
    Hochachtung vor deiner Geduld!
    Die Comma Charms würde ich gerne gewinnen, ich schleich schon eine ganze Weile um die Kollektion herum.
    LG
    Jenny
    PS: Ich folge dir auf bloglovin

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  4. Oh my! We all have these experiences. What doesn't kill us.... ;)
    Happy anniversary too!
    Susanne

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  5. Hi Kerstin! I 'enjoyed' your story even I'm sorry you had so much trouble with this quilt. The quilt is so beautiful and I'm sure it will be loved! I'm happy to hear experiences with Materials and I shall absolutely go now for cotton wadding next time I'm able to find from somewhere. Unfortunately we don't have any quilt shop here. Have a lovely week! x Teje

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  6. We don't have cotton batting here in Argentina. So all my quilts are made with poly batting. I got used to it I guess.

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  7. Keratin, I'm popping over to your site after you left a comment on my blog. What a nice surprise! I'm not talented enough to quilt, but I'm pinning it to my quilting board for when/if I ever do!! How lucky am I, the first time I pop over & it's a giveaway?!! I'm subscribing! -Amy

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  8. Was für eine Geschichte! Aber gut zu wissen, auf was man achten sollte. Glücklicherweise hast Du nicht aufgegeben.
    Danke für das Giveaway.

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  9. Ich folge Dir via bloglovin' und meinem trusty old feedreader. :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, the frustration of the batting - I would have been very upset to have to do all that unpicking! Congrats on your three years!

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  11. Oh, and I have been a follower for quite a while! I always enjoy your posts. Have a good week, Jenny

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  12. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 3. Bloggerjubiläum. Die Geschichte mit dem Polyestervlies ist absolut gruselig. Ich hätte es niemals 2 Mal aufgetrennt. Wie gut, dass es dann ganz schnell mit dem Quilten ging.
    Deinem Blog folge ich schon eine Weile und ich freue mich immer auf Deine neuesten Sachen. Ich wünsche Dir noch viele glückliche Bloggerjahre ;) Viele Grüße Martina
    Und die Comma-Stoffe sind super!

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  13. I've just spent a considerable time with my seam ripper too! Thanks for the giveaway. I love comma

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  14. Oh Mist, das ist echt ärgerlich. Ist schon komisch, wie unterschiedlich sich Nähmaschinen verhalten, ich benutze oft Polyesterbatting und habe selten Probleme damit. Aber Hochachtung vor deinem Durchhaltevermögen!

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  15. ... und ich folge dir per feedly!

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  16. Congratulations on 3years! O love your three R's - I will have to use that the next time I am pulling something apart. karen.schulz@paradise.net.nz

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  17. well it's unfortunate that you had to redo it so many times but the quilting turned out fantastic in the end!

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  18. Hi!!! I was getting ready to use some polyester batting...!!! Glad you told us!!!! Congrats on three years!!!! Yaa!!!! I am sure the parents will love this baby quilt!!!!! Thank You

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  19. I am a follower already!!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!!

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  20. Congrats on three years, that is awesome... and who doesn't like candy?! Lol

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  21. congratulations to 3 years, thanks for the give-away

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  22. Wow, Hut ab! Ich hätte das Ganze frustriert in die Ecke gepfeffert und erst drei Jahre später wieder hervorgezogen! Wäre dann wohl kein Babygeschenk geworden! :-) Aber Du hast durchgehalten und wirklich einen sehr schönen Quilt fertiggestellt!
    Deinen Frust mit dem Polyestervlies kann ich so gut nachvollziehen. Ich habe neulich eines für einen mittelgroßen Wandquilt mitgenommen - auch, weil es "mein" Vlies nicht gab -, und mich nur rumgeärgert...

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  23. I use Hobbs 80/20 a lot - what can I say? It's cheap & convenient & isn't too bad to work with. But pure polyester.. never again. I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, but as of today I'm an official follower by email!

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  24. Congrats on 3 years. Proud of you friend.

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  25. Congrats on 3 years. Proud of you friend.

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  26. Hallo Kerstin,
    über die Montagsmacher bin ich hier bei Dir gelandet. Ein schöner Quilt mit einer spannenden Geschichte!
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag, da würde ich gern zu Deinen Commas in den Lostopf hüpfen
    LG
    Valomea

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  27. Don't tell me about polyester batting! About 18 months ago I used it in a ragtime quilt. I might just as well not have used any batting at all. I use it as a table mat and if it weren't for the ragtime fringes you would think I'd just thrown a sheet over the table. It's only been washed once, so that's not the cause: it's the b.. polyester!

    I'm glad your cotton batting did the trick, and restored your faith in yourself and quilting, because it has turned out really well. There's one lucky Ella!

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    1. Sorry after my polyester rant I forgot to say:

      I'm a follower!

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  28. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag! Dein Quilt ist toll geworden; mehr noch bewundere ich dein Durchhaltevermögen. Ähnliche Erfahrungen habe ich auch schon bei dickem Poly- und bei Wollvlies gemacht. Normalerweise klebe ich, hier hilft aber nur noch zusätzlichen Feststecken, da sich das Vlies noch in sich verschiebt.
    LG Maikind

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