OK, I washed the old quilts in the bathtub because it finally stopped raining and the sun came out and I could dry them outside. They are MUCH better but not perfect. A friend suggested Oxyclean and I'll do that in Round 2 but for now at least they can be in the room and one is even on a bed! The smell is gone and I was thinking a stain is a stain is a stain where they persisted but I will give them a go with Oxyclean another time.
Here are the before and afters:
Here's why I don't send my quilts out to be machine quilted. While hand quilting takes a lot of time and the pile of flimsies grows at least I know the mistakes are mine.
This is what I put on the back. The back is almost prettier than the front! This was a panel that I bought YARDAGE of so there was plenty to use. I measured, cut strips, pieced them together, put a white border around and it was good. But there are SO MANY flimsies waiting to be hand quilted I thought I would send this one out to be machine quilted by a lady who lives very near me. I bit the bullet a couple of times and sent a couple of quilts to be machine quilted by a woman who lives an hour from me but I just didn't want to drive that far this time. I've seen the quilts this lady has done in the past. She contributes some to the quilt exhibit I do at church every year and I didn't think twice about giving this one to her.
Well, I should have but it was too late. I didn't notice things till I was stitching the binding down. She told me that she doesn't do designs anymore, she just meanders the stipple design and I was absolutely fine with that. It's what I would have asked for.
I noticed these after the binding had been attached and I was stitching it down by hand. You notice things when you are nose to needle. But now I have a dilemma.
1. hand stitch it in the worst places following her lead
2. Consider hers a basting and stitch something completely different (like stripes or cross hatch,) pulling hers out as I go. If I do that and then wash it her stitch path will disappear.
3. wash it and see if hers tightens up
My first inclination is to consider hers a basting and stitch a cross hatch and pull hers out as I go, my second choice is to follow hers and hand quilt in the worst places. Or vice versa
The thing is, I sent this one because I thought "yeah, it's nice but it will be a utility quilt" but really, with the backing I did I DO really like it and want to save it. One thing for sure, it will be a long, long time before I send something out to be machine quilted again and certainly not to this sweet lady.