Ok. I totally love batiks – I love how they look. I love how there is no top or bottom. I love the designs. And up till now, I even loved how they quilted. Till now. Seriously, I now hate batiks. Ok, that’s wrong. I don’t hate them. It’s kind of like after your brother tells you to touch the electric wire – it’ll be fun he says – and you know how that turns out, right? Kind of like that. You still love your brother, but the next time he tells you something will be fun you’ll not take him at his word, right? That’s how I feel about batiks now. I still love them, but I don’t quite trust them to behave.
This first batik quilt was done by Cheryl. I love Cheryl. Her quilts are always so perfect and I get to play with the quilting and she is so supportive and generous with compliments. I mean, really. Who wouldn’t love her!? Well, this is a gorgeous quilt – her own design, really, this time. And it had black batik to PLAY with. I mean OMG, I was SO looking forward to doing this quilt. I had read horror stories about batiks, but I had never had any problems quilting batiks in the past. I had a great longarm; I was using Glide thread; what could go wrong? Well, in short, everything. This quilt spiraled into the quilt from hell. Seriously.
The quilt after this one was also batiks. While it started out with similar problems, I was quickly able to get it under control and finished it with no problems. So, What In The World?! was different? One had a mixture of washed batiks and unwashed batiks (the bad quilt) and the other had a mixture of unwashed batiks and cotton (good one). One used Glide thread (bad) and the other used So Fine (good). One had black batiks (bad) and the other had a variety of colored batiks (good).
What was the problem, you ask already? My thread kept Breaking and Shredding. I tried every trick I knew. Nothing helped. To top it off, the pattern I chose on the “bad one” was one where every single break would be highly visible. OMG.
So, what do I think caused the problem? I wasn’t sure what to blame until another quilter told me that she had problems with black batiks. That something in the black dye of those batiks were notoriously cursed for longarms. I TOTALLY believe that. Like black = evil. Totally makes sense to me.
Here are the two quilts, the bad one first and the good one last: