The quilt was falling apart. I had a customer that had a baby quilt that had been tied, and the knots had pulled through the fabric, leaving big holes. She was hoping that I could quilt it to fix it.
What could have been done to avoid this problem in the first place? It all comes down to fabric selection. It is the first step in making a quilt, and one of the most important.
What should I use?
When constructing a quilt the best results will be achieved by using tightly woven 100%-cotton fabric. If you purchase your fabric from a quilt shop, it will be good quality fabric that will wear well. You don’t want to spend time making a quilt that will fall apart after the first washing because it was made with inferior fabric.
Try to avoid the “discount” fabric stores. (JoAnn’s or WalMart, for example.) I know they can be less expensive but, with quilting fabric, you get what you pay for. You will find it definitely worth the price of “real” quilting fabric.
I’m scared of color selection!
Color selection is one of my favorite aspects of making a quilt, but I know this can be stressful for some people. Enjoy the process, and make each quilt your own. The staff at most quilt stores will be happy to assist you in selecting fabrics if you need help.
For my unfortunate customer, I quilted an all-over design to hopefully hold the quilt together. I still wonder if the quilt held up, though. Make sure your quilts don’t fall apart by purchasing good quality fabric.