If there is a season for malfunction, I must be in it. I did finish my little 12″ square piece, “Jewel Box”, but not without trauma.
I reached the point where I had finished the front, added backing, quilted it lightly, turned it for a clean-edge finish and had almost finished hand sewing the understitching. In the process I had poked myself with a needle, which left a bit of blood on the quilt. So I wet it to take out the blood.
By now it was bedtime so I took it with me to fondle and admire in the moments before sleep-I really liked this piece!
And there, right before my eyes, slowly, the top threads began to come loose on their own. It was like a plant in bloom, releasing thread in this organic evolving process! What the heck?
Of course the only answer was that somehow I had accidentally put water soluble thread in the bobbin-that was the only logical answer. Yet I KNEW that could not be it because I’m always careful to put any bobbin with water soluble thread back into its own special baggie to protect it and make sure it is not integrated in with my other bobbins. I know better than that!
It wasn’t long before it was evident that I had indeed used water soluble thread in the bobbin for about a quarter of the quilt, involving many different design elements and threads. Ugh.
In order to fix my goof, I had to: unpick my quilting, remove the back (I had already trimmed my corners!), remove and identify all areas with problems, re-quilt the problem areas with many needle and thread changes, try to fit the new motifs into the same space the old ones were in, re-quilt the back, re-sew the backing and hand understitch the edges. Easy, peasy right?
At least turning the quilt was easy: I fused lightweight knit interfacing to the underside of the back and slit it for easy turning. I eventually hand sewed the edges together, with the joining hidden by the hanging sleeve.
Whew-here we are labeled and sleeved, ready to block. I hope this season of malfunction ends soon!