What not to do. Another lesson learned.

OK, I feel like a total idiot.  So, my one monthly goal project was to trim and bind a quilt. Here is the problem.  This was a UFO quilt that had been around for quite some time, so I decided to wash it before I quilted it.  So far, not to dumb, but wait…  At the lat minute, I got the crazy idea to wash the piece of batting that I was going to use also.  So far, not a problem, except for the fact that I washed them together and the pieced top was mostly black. Needless to say my quilt top came out with a ridiculous amount of lint all over it.  OK, so I deserve that for not thinking.  But wait there’s more.  I thought OK, so I will have to spend more than the usual amount of time removing lint and dog hair.  I proceeded to quilt it with all the lint all over it, like an idiot.  Then this morning as I was attempting to de-lint it and most of the lint was quilted into the quilt and would not easily come off with a lint roller.  I worked on if for …way to long and all the lint is still not gone.  I have to brush it with a toothbrush and then use the list roller before it even thinks about coming off.  I am so mad at myself.  It was like a parade of dumb mistakes.  In case it isn’t obvious, the photo are sheets from my lint roller.  Ahhhhh.  Stuff happens.

Happy Sewing

Happy Quilting


32 thoughts on “What not to do. Another lesson learned.

  1. Oh, I feel your pain, quilting sister. Last week or so, I had sewn some red and white half-square triangles and soaked them in cold water to remove the blue water soluble marker lines. Without a color catcher. Sigh. I would never wash red and white together with laundry! Arrrgh. Then I decided that tossing them in the dryer would be a good idea. So now they are red, white, pink AND fraying on the edges. Good times. Anyway, I love your story. Glad to know I’m not alone out here. Best wishes on getting the lint/hair out! 🙂

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  2. Oh no…. I wonder if rewashing the quilt with a little vinegar with the detergent, then drying it with a bunch of microfiber cloths would help. The vinegar wash supposedly help loosen it and microfiber is excellent at picking up lint. Just a thought…

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      1. Isn’t that the truth, Lori – I have been in that death spiral of bad decisions, as well. I think it’s usually when I am trying to complete something by a certain deadline.

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  3. So sorry Lori. I learned to never wash my batting. What I do is to lay it across my long arm, spritz it with water the day before I start quilting and all the wrinkles are gone. I also never wash a quilt top before it is quilted. Now I may have mis-read your post. Did you say that you washed the top before quilting it? And then threw in the batting with the quilt top?

    Do you know I have never washed a quilt that I have made? I pre wash all fabrics. NOW I have had my list of horror stories and I think that one of them had something to do with washing the batting – what a mess.

    A friend of mine in a guild (long time ago) entered a quilt, and washed it – I thought it looked terrible but she liked it – hence I never wash mine – IF I did it would be air dried. I am so sorry that this has happened. The picture looks like it has been quilted, this is where I am confused.

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  4. I’ve never washed a batting until it was inside a completed quilt. I use Quilters Dream cotton and can’t recall ever having fold lines in it. If they are there, they come right out, before I notice them. Sometimes I just bang my head on the wall, though, for the things I do. As soon as I do them, I completely know it was a terrible mistake, even before I see the results!

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