Oh no, I spoilt it!

This old ufo, my mandala, ought to be finished in 2009.

ufo - mandala

ufo - mandala

When I organized the quiltshow in September there was no spare time to get it ready, so we decided to display the top in the classroom section of the exhibition. Last weekend I decided, now it’s the right time to finalize it. I cut a piece of backing fabric and a piece of iron on wadding was left from my last quilt which would be the ideal size.

So I sandwiched my quilt on the table in the kitchen. When I basted by pins, I pricked my finger and inevitable, a blood stain was on the top. So quick, to the sink and wash it out in cold water.
It was late at night, so the quilt had time to dry until next morning.

machine quilting

machine quilting

I used the batting upside down, so the fusing side was on top. This was the failure. Elisabeth why dont you hold to the instruction! It says: fusing side on the backside of the quilt.

When I finished machine quilting the center, my quilt looked like this.

no no no

no no no

Backside was all right, but frontside was spoilt.

backside is OK

backside is OK

wavy

wavy

I tried to press, no success, I tried to remove the fused fabric from the batting, no chance, the batting sticks quite tough. There was no way to get that thing flat, plain, smooth.
So I had to grab my seam ripper and undo these tiny stitches.

ripe out that seam

ripe out that seam

My anger about the wavy look of the border drove me crazy. I had to cut it off.

It was replaced by a simple binding. Now my quilt is a circle again, much smaller though. What counts most is, it is finished!

simple binding

simple binding

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8 comments on “Oh no, I spoilt it!

  1. thequiltingpenguin says:

    Liebe Elisabeth!
    Zuerst einmal Alles Gute im Neuen Jahr!
    Ich kann Deinen Frust gut verstehen, muß aber sagen, daß mir das Endergebnis doch auch sehr gut gefällt.
    liebe Grüße
    Michaela

  2. Ferret says:

    I think I prefer it without the border actually, so maybe it was just the way things had to be. The wavy border could have been fixed with more quilting. It was a big space to not have any compared to the rest of the quilt. The most important thing is it’s finished.

  3. CarterQuilter says:

    Breathtaking!! What a fabulous quilt!

    I love the design, the colors, the artistry.

    Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

    Cindy Carter
    Quilt Patterns from Seattle

  4. sibylle says:

    Servus Elisabeth!
    Ach das kenn ich doch 😉 auf jeden Fall bist du weiter als ich damit, und ich finde das Ergebniss eigentlich ganz gut! Bin gespannt wie´s mir damit geht, derzeit, wie ja schon seit unserem Kurs für´s Mandala hatten immer andere Projekte Vorrang *ggg* Weißt du schon ob du es aufhängen willst und wie? Eignen würde der Quilt sich nun alleine schon wegen der Form als Tischschmuck, auf jeden Fall gewaltig die Wirkung deiner Farbzusammenstellung, Gratulation und herzlichste Grüße, bussi sibylle

  5. Steffi Mö says:

    Hallo Elisabeth,
    ich finde den Mandala zauberschön und auch den Rand in dunkel finde ich besser als den hellen…da kann man die Nahtzugabe so sehen…ich würde ihn an die Wand hängen, er ist ein toller HIngucker..
    zauberschönes Winterweekend..
    herzlichst Steffi

  6. ela says:

    What a fabulous quilt! Congratulations !

  7. Veri says:

    hallo Elisabeth,
    dieses Mandela ist total schön!!!!!!!! ist es mit einem Muster entstanden oder nach eigenem Entwurf. Es sieht einfach nur genial aus!
    lg und schönes Wochenende
    Veri

    ps: ich hoffe das Voten hat geholfen. Dein zweifarbiger Quilt ist sehr schön 🙂

  8. sewpam63 says:

    The simple binding was a good solution! The quilt is lovely. ; )

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