My husband loves Cincinnatti Reds baseball. I love sewing. So a few months ago he mentioned that it would be pretty cool to have a quilt that looked like a baseball field. I've been sewing for a long time, but I'd never made a quilt before. I bought a quilting book and studied all about it until I felt pretty confident. Here is the end product, and overall it turned out pretty well...but I had some pretty awful problems with the quilting process.
It is essentially a "map" of Great American Ballpark, with the major "landmarks" in the border, and his favorite players at each position. I included the smokestacks, the home dugout, and the big screen. The major piecing and quilting was done by machine, and just about everything else was handsewn. It took me over a month!
The worst problem that I had was that I used invisible/clear thread to do the quilting. That stuff is EVIL!!! It kept bunching up in my machine and broke at least a thousand times. I spent an eternity just getting it wound into the bobbin. I will NEVER use it again!!! Has anyone else had any trouble using this kind of thread?
The second problem I had was really awful wrinkling on the back, as you can see here:
I think the main issue was that this fabric was very thin and stretchy, even though it was woven. No matter what, I could not get it to lie completely flat when I was assembling the quilt. If it was flat in one area, it had wrinkles in another. I used safety pins all over the quilt, spaced probably 8 inches or so apart. Do you think this had anything to do with it? Any tips for keeping my next quilt from ending up like this?
Regardless of the problems, my husband loved it anyway And I have to say, not too shabby for my first quilt!