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Thread: What's Your Quilt Horror Story?

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    .....and feel lucky if you don't have one. :!:

    I had gotten some hand-me-down fabric from my MIL and the blue was perfect for the graduation present I was working on. I washed the fabric and used it extensively throughout the quilt. When it came time to put on the binding, I noticed that my hands were a lovely shade of death-warmed-over blue. I washed my hands and went back to binding, only to find that it was MIL's fabric that caused the discoloration. I finished the binding and washed the quilt - allthewhile keeping an eye on the wash water: 3, 4,...7,8...12 washes later, and the *(&*)* quilt was still bleeding blue. Not only did the color change, but the feel of the fabric changed too.

    We now have a picknick quilt.....and I had to get quick and creative for a replacement pattern to give as a gift.

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    Don't wear white pants and sit on your picnic quilt!!!! Sorry for your troubles!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    Don't wear white pants and sit on your picnic quilt!!!!
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    If I wore white pants, that would be an entirely different kind of horror. ROFLOL

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    My second quilt was a T shirt memory quilt for my youngest DD. I didn't have any idea what I was doing. Used too heavy bonding on the T shirts. It was horrible to quilt. Gummed up my needle. Had to clean it out sooooo often. The quilt weighs a ton. I call it the quilt from he##. My DD loves it. Shows it to every one.

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    I saw a quilt pattern on a once popular quilt show. I just HAD to make that quilt. After hours of searching on the Internet I bought the pattern. I shopped for HOURS picking out just the perfect fabrics.

    I got all the blocks made, looked them over and suddenly got a very uneasy feeling about this quilt. I ignored it and started putting the quilt together.

    Now are you ready for my final thoughts??????????????????


    I HATE THE QUILT!!!!!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT!!!!!!!!! I AM ASHAMED TO PUT MY NAME TO IT! I HATE IT SO MUCH I REFUSE TO QUILT AND FINISH IT! I still love the fabrics! BUT I HATE THE QUILT!

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    My very first quilt was a queen extra long and wide, Trip Around the World filled with high loft poly, warm as toast, hand quilting that took months. When my Dane puppy was about 6 months old, my ex and I went out for groceries. Max had decided to nest on the bed, shredding the center of the quilt, the wool blanket and sheets underneath, and finally stopped at the mattress pad.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    My very first quilt was a queen extra long and wide, Trip Around the World filled with high loft poly, warm as toast, hand quilting that took months. When my Dane puppy was about 6 months old, my ex and I went out for groceries. Max had decided to nest on the bed, shredding the center of the quilt, the wool blanket and sheets underneath, and finally stopped at the mattress pad.
    Ouch! Naughty puppy! :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    My very first quilt was a queen extra long and wide, Trip Around the World filled with high loft poly, warm as toast, hand quilting that took months. When my Dane puppy was about 6 months old, my ex and I went out for groceries. Max had decided to nest on the bed, shredding the center of the quilt, the wool blanket and sheets underneath, and finally stopped at the mattress pad.
    Oh my... I just about cried at the thought of it!

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    My quilt horror story is that I chopped off the tip of my middle finger with my rotary cutter Sunday. :shock: OUCH :( Definitely need to buy a klutz glove as this is the third time I've done/

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    My quilt horror story is that I chopped off the tip of my middle finger with my rotary cutter Sunday. :shock: OUCH :( Definitely need to buy a klutz glove as this is the third time I've done/
    Ouch!!! :cry:

    But if this is the third time, I was wondering, just HOW short is that finger now? :D

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    k3n, I am laughing at your reply!! Thanks for the morning chuckle.

    Key4, I hope you are ok and forgive my laughing. But I do agree with kn3 - OUCH!!! That is one thing I have never done.

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    My first quilt in 1983 was queen size sampler with sashing all HAND PIECED. I got it all put together and did not know I had to align every row with the next row, and since it had a long sashing strip between rows no matching seams for some reason I just sewed, sounds great. Except when I got it all together the blocks were no where close to being aligned with the rows below. I had to take the whole thing apart. Talk about feeling stupid. The one and only quilt I ever hand pieced. Then my dear husband got me a Bernina 930, that I have to this day and love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    k3n, I am laughing at your reply!! Thanks for the morning chuckle.

    Key4, I hope you are ok and forgive my laughing. But I do agree with kn3 - OUCH!!! That is one thing I have never done.
    Yeah, I'm sorry key4 - it was mean of me to have laugh at your expense. It must have really hurt - I've sliced myself once, trying to cut BACKWARDS instead of turning the mat. I won't do that again in a hurry! :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    My quilt horror story is that I chopped off the tip of my middle finger with my rotary cutter Sunday. :shock: OUCH :( Definitely need to buy a klutz glove as this is the third time I've done/
    Ouch, sorry that this happened. I also took a chunck out of my finger about a year ago. I didn't think it would ever stop bleeding. I hope it heals fast.

    Kyia

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    My DD loves it. Shows it to every one.
    Isn't that all that really matters? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    I HATE THE QUILT!!!!!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT!!!!!!!!! I AM ASHAMED TO PUT MY NAME TO IT! I HATE IT SO MUCH I REFUSE TO QUILT AND FINISH IT! I still love the fabrics! BUT I HATE THE QUILT!
    Gee, I guess you REALLY HATE THAT QUILT!!! lol Have you thought about donating it to a community service project? I had one like that and when I was finally tired of beating myself over the head for making this monstrosity, I gave it away and NEVER looked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    When my Dane puppy was about 6 months old.....
    I actually cringed when I got to that part of your story. This happened to a gal on a different forum - her puppy ate the first quilt she made. ...but what can you do at that point?!?!?!

    When I put my quilts together, I can usually tell how "good" the quilt will be by how much "help" I get from Mr. Bean and Monty (my cats). The more they romp on the layout, the better they seem to like it. Only once did they revolt: they pulled apart my quilt top and shredded the batting...and yes, I hated the quilt too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    My quilt horror story is that I chopped off the tip of my middle finger with my rotary cutter Sunday. :shock: OUCH :( Definitely need to buy a klutz glove as this is the third time I've done/
    If you are like my girl friend (who did the exact same thing - but only once) you need to wear a substantial bandage and walk around with the finger held high, telling EVERYONE that you are a WOUNDED QUILTER (big sigh). She is a drama queen.

    Hope you heal soon since blood stains are hard to get out of the fabric.

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    I have a gorgeous Irish chain that my mother pieced for me and my aunt hand-quilted. I fell asleep once while grading papers in bed and got ink stains all over it, which I have never been able to remove! ARRRRGGGGHHHHH! I toy with the idea of picking out the quilting and removing the worst pieces and trying to replace them, but I am too scared to try it!

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    It is kind of amazing to me that what I think will be cool actually turns out to be a dud. To me the real test is how tired I get of looking at it on my quilting frames.

    I'm kind of there on the quilt I'm working on now. It gets more juvenile every time I look at it. I can't wait to get it finished and off of my frame, and in the hands of the recipient. She loves it.

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    I haven't cut my self yet, but one of my friends ended up with 10 stitches, so now I have attached a clear rotary guard on my omni 24". and have bought suction handles for my smaller rulers. The even have a tiny one. I feel so much safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Except when I got it all together the blocks were no where close to being aligned with the rows below.
    Bet you never made that mistake again. I know all about "feeling stupid" and there's nothing like one of those "I can't believe I did that" moments to bring humility back to one's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Patsy's "Mom"
    I fell asleep once while grading papers in bed and got ink stains all over it, which I have never been able to remove!
    THAT is truly a horror. How long has the stain been there? Is it part of the quilt's life story by now? If you still have some of the original fabric? If so, can you applique a piece over the offending stain and quilt over it? I bet nobody (but you) would notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    It is kind of amazing to me that what I think will be cool actually turns out to be a dud.
    I'm lucky because I can usually "see" the finished product in my mind's eye during the design process. So duds are rare - but they do happen at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Hope you heal soon since blood stains are hard to get out of the fabric.
    Actually, I learned a trick for this. You know when you accidentally prick your finger and it gets a little spot of blood on your quilt?

    Spit on it, and blot with a paper towel. It needs lots of spit, and it has to be YOUR spit to work. Remaining smudge will come right out when washed with COLD, not hot, water.

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