Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Not sure what to do >

Not sure what to do

Not sure what to do

Old 05-28-2012, 04:35 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
hsweany's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 195
Default Not sure what to do

I just took my crib size quilt from the washer and everywhere I had joined triangles is ripped open. I made the triangles by sewing two seams close to the diagonal center and then cutting. I guess I must have cut too close to the seam???? What can I do to fix this? Thanks for your help.
hsweany is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 04:41 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Deb watkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Horseheads, NY 14845
Posts: 4,025
Default

I have not had this problem at all. Being accurate in cutting, sewing and trimming is key.
Deb watkins is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 04:44 PM
  #3  
Power Poster
 
joyce888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 11,189
Default

Could you post a pic? Not knowing what the top looks like I have some ideas but don't want to speak without seeing the problem and knowing the style of quilt.
joyce888 is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 05:07 PM
  #4  
Power Poster
 
nativetexan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: home again, after 27 yrs!
Posts: 19,297
Default

well it's a baby quilt, perhaps you could mend all the seams by doing a zig zag over them. or a double line of zig zags to be certain to catch both sides of the fabrics in the seam area. Good luck!!
nativetexan is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 05:09 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
hopetoquilt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,860
Default

You should draw a line diagonally and then sew 1/4 inch away from either side of the line. then cut down the line. i am not sure why your seams came apart. I am sorry that happened after all the time you put into the quilt. If you can post a picture or describe in greater detail, perhaps we can help more.
hopetoquilt is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 05:14 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
#1piecemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ashdown, AR
Posts: 9,236
Default

You might could put a little wonder under on it and iron it down. But, I've never had this problem before. You might even try a little blind whip stitch by hand.
#1piecemaker is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 05:22 PM
  #7  
Super Member
 
Tink's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: chicago, IL
Posts: 9,589
Default

Did you use a longer stitch when sewing these seams? Diagonal seams need a tighter stitch length. They may be able to be mended by adding some trim along the bad seam.
Tink's Mom is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 06:21 PM
  #8  
Super Member
 
auntpiggylpn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
Posts: 6,726
Default

I had this happen once on a pinwheel quilt. And thankfully it only happened in one seam!!! I wound up taking out the damaged triangle and handsewing in a replacement. I'm pretty sure it happened because when I cut my squares apart, I must have cut less than 1/4" for this particular block. It is the only thing I can think of because this quilt was alot of HST and I only had one seam fail.

The first picture is the blown seam and the the third picture is the same block after my repair
Attached Thumbnails 102_3057.jpg   102_3064.jpg   102_3073.jpg  

Last edited by auntpiggylpn; 05-28-2012 at 06:24 PM.
auntpiggylpn is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 06:26 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
LynnVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vermont, USA
Posts: 1,346
Default

Good that it happened when you washed it, and not afterward when you gave it to the mom. She'd probably be embarrased to tell you, and you'd feel bad if you found out about it. I agree, best to use smaller stitch for diagonals especially. Could be just that particular fabric was loosly woven, and seam allowance was a bit small. Sure is a cheery quilt, though.
LynnVT is offline  
Old 05-28-2012, 06:38 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Bosque County, Texas
Posts: 2,709
Default

You need to show a picture. I think (without seeing it) that you have but 2 choices of repair types. Remove the fabric with the bad seams and replace, or mend the seams from the top. If the pattern is such that you can applique something on top of the seams - even strips of seam binding tape or narrow sashing- in a color that will enhance your color scheme I would probably select that repair from the top method and sew through the whole quilt. It would in effect quilt the quilt while stitching the new fabric down. Since it is a child's quilt, might it be possible to select applique

shapes appropriate to childhood to cover the seams? Maybe a bad suggestion since I can't see the number or size of the frayed seams.
TanyaL is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
isewman
Pictures
24
02-21-2017 05:35 PM
deedum
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
27
02-04-2012 06:28 PM
AngieS
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
0
11-06-2011 02:25 PM
AUQuilter
Links and Resources
3
10-28-2011 04:29 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.