Saturday, November 6, 2010

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of the beautiful, sawtooth star quilt that I finished just in time for the baby shower for a dear friend.

For those of you who have followed this blog lately, it is a quilt that I have had hanging up, looking at it, being very deliberate in making every decision because I wanted it to be just right.

When my second hand machine quit working, I took it to my mom's house to finish the quilting and put on the binding.  Then, we threw it in the washer.

That was the end of my quilt.  It, literally, fell apart in the wash.  I have had a seam pop once in a great while, but have never made a quilt and had it shred in the washing machine.  I made my first quilt in 1988 and have made every mistake in the book, but my work has held together.  Until now.

I don't know if the fabric gave way.  Large parts of the stitching seemed to come out.  Could this have been from using a crappy machine?  I use good seam allowance; nothing should have pulled out.  I probably make too large a seam allowance to make sure everything is very, very secure.

I had to go to this very special shower (which I was one of the ladies who threw it) with no gift.  I was embarassed and mortified.  I could have sat and had a good cry if I had a quiet moment.

So....  I don't know if I shouldn't have used the vintage shirts.  I don' t know if it was the machine.  I just know that I am not happy about it right now.

6 comments:

Michelle said...

Yikes! I'm not happy about it either.

Zany Quilter said...

Oh...so sorry to hear about your quilt! I have never have a shirt quilt fall apart...and I wash them regular wash, in the washing machine, and tumble dry. I do have them quilted rather densely by a longarmer...maybe that ensure that they stay together? But I've had all my quilts done by longarm so I have nothing to compare to....???? Hmmm....

Jan Hatchett said...

Thanks. I have seen so many pics of cute shirt quilts that I hesitate to think that it could have been the fabrics. I really think that the stitching let go. The quilting that I put on over at my mom's house and the binding stayed together nicely. Those seem to be the only parts that did!

That's why I think that the machine is suspect.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am so, so sorry. =( When I read your post, my heart just sank...

Jan Hatchett said...

Thanks, Amy! I knew that my quilty friends would understand how I feel!

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