Saturday, January 14, 2012

What Not to Do

In my haste to get out of town before a Chicago January really kicks in, I have made a few.....mistakes. Placing a fused fabric glue-side-up on a quilt and then fusing it to the iron instead is not uncommon. (See Gunk Protection for what I should have done.)
But this will make you cry. It seems when I put a bundle of soaking threads in the washer to spin out the water I actually ran the thread through a rinse cycle and agitated it into snarls. There are 3 different bundles I have ruined. This is what my nightmares look like. Please promise me you will never do this.

15 comments:

Gene Black said...

Hmmm... You could cut the snarled threads into chunks and send them as samples with orders.
And since I sometimes work with our "prevention coordinator" I have to say "always use protection!"

WoolenSails said...

I am good at ruining my irons so I buy cheap ones. I also get my threads into nests, but I finally took it all apart and wound them into neat hanks. If I have bad ones, I usually just snip off pieces for projects. I am always needing just a bit of thread, so it is a good way to use the nests without wasting;)

Debbie

Stacey Queen of Rants and Ramblings said...

I have ruined several irons for similar reasons... I am sure you can find some use for the thread...

Josie McRazie said...

will the thread come apart if you use a TON of conditioner?? Is it worth trying? Just wondering!

PJ Howard said...

Before you dispose of this thread, I'd be glad to take it off your hands and unravel it while I stay with my 95 year old mother. Maybe she could even do some unraveling!

Monica said...

De gunker is my friend. That snarled mess looks like a promising hat.

Richard Healey said...

My little girl keeps buying yarn to use and all of hers looks like that. I have gotten good at untangling messes because its cheaper then replacing every day.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Robin in WNC said...

My iron has looked like that, I am more careful with the pressing sheet now.
Parts of these bundles surely can be saved!!!!

FabricandFlowers said...

Thanks for sharing your mishaps and keeping it real. In blogland everything is often so perfect.

StitchingKat said...

I think your thread nest would make an excellent bird nest on a quilt! That is how I make nests on my quilts.
Kat

Edie said...

That "tangle" is a gorgous sunflower! I see a pillow top in its future!

Edie

Julie Bagamary said...

OOOO - shape it into a heart, cover with tuile and secure...oh the possibilities. Reminds me a bit of the heart I made out of thread tails on:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90351866/children-are-a-gift-pink

MooseStash Quilting said...

Welcome to my world, as it seems I have managed to do both of those dumb things. On a brighter note, to me anyway, I am glad to see that I am in good company!! hahahaha

I do not miss those ole Chicago winters! C O L D :-)

Anonymous said...

the thread looks like the perfect opportunity for a giveaway!!

katina
kjkoukla(at hotmail dt cm

Juana CastaƱeda said...

Hay que tener siempre la plancha limpia, es le juramento, espero que entiendas lo que te escribo, soy una alumna de Madrid.

Un beso.