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Thread: hard lesson learned :(

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    hard lesson learned :(

    the puckers on the back of this quilt are TERRIBLE.

    i sandwiched it in less than ideal circumstances and because i had other projects on the go and it was the middle of winter i used the pins i had instead of going to buy more and out of sloth didn't baste it properly with thread.

    the consequences are obvious.

    good thing this quilt looks okay from the top and the person receiving it as a gift won't mind.

    also, it will be at someone else's house so i won't have to live with it....

    so here's today's quilting handslap: sandwich properly or suffer the puckers.

    aileen

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    Thanks for sparing us your hardship by sharing yours!
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    Haste sometimes makes waste - - -

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    When I sandwich my quilt I tape the backing to the floor, then spray bast it to the batting. I than put on the top, smooth out, lift and spray..no puckers. I use 505 spray only

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    "or suffer the puckers", great phrase ;-)
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    I'm so sorry about your puckers. I feel for you... Just shake it off... the deed is done and unless you want to unquilt it... yeah, I think the puckers are suddenly adding personality

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    I had puckers in the back of a quilt that was filled with high loft polyester batting. Thankfully, the puckers kind of disappeared into all that puff, but I still wonder if they will tear apart and break the quilting thread.
    Barbara

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    unquilting is against the house rules!

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    I have "suffered the puckers" too! Love your phrase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
    unquilting is against the house rules!
    TOTALLY illegal and FORBIDDEN!!!

    I agree... adds personality and as my husbands like to tell me.... if the person even notices the puckers.... they know it is REALLY hand made!!!

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    We've all had a pucker or two in our quilting career. Shake it off and move on. Some people call them kisses instead of puckers. ​Makes them sound better doesn't it?

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    then this quilt is a heavy make out session.....

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    Have you ever noticed... on some clothing there's a tag that states any irregularities are "part of the character of the fabric"?

    There ya go.
    Don't sweat the puckers...

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    Puckers come from the backing not beinf smoothed out. I use my glass topped dining table and use clamps from Home Depot to hold the sandwich together. Smoothing every time I have to move it to a new section of the quilt. I can still get a small pucker or two if I unpin a too large of an area when quilting.
    I leave the puckers, wash and dry it and they don't show as much. I always use high loft poly batting, never had a quilt coming apart yet. I have made over 110 quilts.
    All that being said I would leave it and move on.
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    Did you wash it ? Sometimes the puckers are not as noticeable after washing and drying. I have also used a large quilt label over really bad puckers too. I agree it is still a wonderful handmade item and willbe appreciated for that fact don't be so hard one yourself
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    Have you ever thought about using a frame, such as the Flynn frame?Roll the quilt top,batting and backing on the frame, use water soluable thread, baste with a large stippling pattern, take it off the frame and then quilt it as you would like. The quilt is firmly basted and when you wash the quilt all the basting stitches all come out. Just a thought.

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    I feel your pain. I had a pucker so bad on the back of a quilt I had to cut it, cut out the excess fabric, and cover it with a strip of fabric the length of the quilt to make it look like intentional piecing. Turned out okay, but it's not something I'll ever forget.
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    I really like your saying it will be at someone else's house! That way you do not have to look at it and they will not see what your critical eye sees.
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    I've never spray basted my batting to the backing...a step that was never emphasized as important in any class I've taken. I've been fortunate, though, to have never had any issues with my quilting results, but I'm thinking that my luck may not continue to hold out...soooo, I'm going to start making it part of my sandwiching process. It just makes sense, and the potential boo-boos just aren't worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    When I sandwich my quilt I tape the backing to the floor, then spray bast it to the batting. I than put on the top, smooth out, lift and spray..no puckers. I use 505 spray only
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    Would this method work well with using that cuddle fabric for a backing? Bit nervous to use it but I bought it and all I can think of is that it will be hard for it not to pucker!

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    I am makeing one of those now. It's in the process. Looks beautiful from the top, so far. Well, My Son thinks is the prettiest one I've ever made (so far). He knows its made with Love!

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    Someone once told me that the puckers are good - they provide extra warmth, like air pockets. No, it's true. Honest.
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    "All things are literally better, lovlier, and more beloved for the imperfections that reflect the human effort that went into their making."

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    ah heck just puckers are just a sign of love : )
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    I also used to have lots of issues with puckers/tucks when I FMQ'd my quilts. At that point, I was just pinning my sandwich together. Then I bravely bought an expensive can of spray and things will never be the same. I LOVE the adhesive spray. I spend a bit more time, smoothing the top and bottom but once I'm finished with that...FMQ'ing is a breeze. I move it all around, fold it up, put it aside for other projects...and the fabric don't move and wrinkle. Best product ever!! Now I just panic if I'm down to my last can!

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    I abandoned the polyester batting because I couldn't get the basting spray to work with it. Then, someone on the board gave us the link to Sharon Schaumberg's (sp???) "Basting With Boards" videos on You Tube and I've never looked back! I don't make many large quilts but this method has made the sandwiching process SO much easier and I can now use any kind of batting with the assurance that the back will NOT pucker. I only use the spray now on very small pieces. The "Boards" is a great technique and certainly worth a try. Just "google" "Basting with Boards" and scroll to the video showing the two bright pink pieces of fabric in the thumbnail.

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