I don’t know if I have ever been more disappointed with a quilt. I had such hopes for this quilt. It was to be a gift for my mother-in-law. I started this project back in June, then life happened. I had decided that the quilt needed to be a bit bigger. I had to look at my previous post to remind myself what the pattern was. It really needed to be finished, no one is getting any younger!
I went back to this project at the retreat in November. That is when I noticed the problems.
The first glitch was using the Frixxon fuchsia highlighter. For some reason, it still shows a whiter line. The blocks were in my car overnight because my husband helped me pack up the night before. Well, November is a cool month in Minnesota. The Frixxon markings return with a cold temperature. When I ironed the blocks, the pink markings were gone, but you could still tell I had used some sore of marker. I haven’t had problems with the markers before. This was the first time I had used the fuchsia color. I don’t know whether it was the pink color, the white fabric, or that the quilt top has been in progress since June. It isn’t really terribly noticeable, but I notice it. Hopefully, washing the quilt will take of that problemI was hoping that a washing would get rid of any markings.
Pink highlighter markings:
White line residue:
The blocks were all trimmed to the same size. I had the center marked (as previously stated), so the process would have been the same. I finished the last few blocks and was putting the rows together. I even had 2 of the 9 done last spring. When I started sewing the blocks together, some of the weren’t matching up.
while others matched up perfectly…
I showed my hubs what a hot mess the quilt was… his response: “Finish the quilt, but you may want to skip putting your quilt tag on it and donate it somewhere they don’t know you.” Isn’t that a nice way of saying that quilt is “all jacked up”?
Is it worth paying to long arm this quilt? Honey Honey Ritzy Cracker may be the first quilt I attempt to quilt on my desktop machine. Though, that would require me to learn how to baste a quilt and wrangle that about. I do have to learn how to use my Bernina Stitch Regulator at some point. I just figured it would be a table topper and not a large lap quilt. This may add to my trauma/drama…
I may have some PTSD from this quilt. I have a bunch of fat quarters and 2 jelly rolls in this fabric line, Kate Spain’s Honey Honey. I don’t know if I will be using them. I really have bad memories from this quilt.
A final picture of the hot mess:
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts! A finish is still a finish!