Posted by: maureenc | May 18, 2012

Learning the hard way!

I made the mistake of heeding advice from a “teacher” in a quilt shop instead of sticking with Pen’s advice to  use a lightweight Pellon backing.

I liked the idea that the quilt would hang well and not buckle like other quilts can occasionally do!

Stipple quilting is NOT easy on a backing similar to Fast2Fuse! Trust me!

After frog stitching some “miles” of fancy stitching on the gold stripping, I should have unpicked the entire piece and changed to some lovely soft 100% Banana fibre batting.

But, I didn’t.

So  , I’ve learned my lesson! Yes I will complete this, but I’m already planning the next hanging…..A Japanese theme: using a portrait stitched Japanese woman and some de constructed Japanese  kimonos.

No photos today!



  1. All of those glue bases in those kinds of products certainly gum up the sewing machine needle! And even just a slightly dull needle can interfere with free motion quilting…it’s no wonder that going through the glue base doesn’t do worse damage than it does..and it’s bad enough as it is. I do wish they figured out something better for the iron on capabilities. Boy, have I been here and done that!! Still use it for some projects but I always have to ask myself will be it worth it when I get to the quilting! Good luck with the rest of the project and with the fun sounding Japanese one!



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