This is a question from a lovely reader and I personally do not have a good answer, but maybe one of you do...
Hi, there! I love your Vintage Sheet Blog! I found you at the beginning of the summer! Thanks for all the fun things you post! I have been quilting for years but then got bitten by the vintage sheet quilt craze this summer! It has been FUN! However, I have not for the life of me understood why, I, who pride myself in having NO puckers in my quilt backs ever when I freemotion quilt them, have been getting all kinds of puckers in these vintage sheet quilt backs!!! WHAT in the world??? I'm losing my mind with frustration and perplexed-ness! So I am begging you, please help! What do you back your quilts with? I like to use the vintage sheets for backing too but I recently heard that it is the polyester that makes it pucker. I baste my quilts awesome and have never had a problem but I always back my regular quilts with 100% COTTON! What do YOU back your vintage sheet quilts with? Do you have "pucker" problems??? Please share because I can't stand the idea of not being able to make another beloved vintage sheet quilt because of all the awful puckers!
Susie, from CO. (who takes her quilt back puckers VERY seriously! LOL)
Hi, Jen! Thanks so much for posting my qulting issues on your blog! I am honored! :)
I don't have a google or blog account so I couldn't post to the comments people kindly offered me. Here is my email to you all. Thanks SO much! :)
Wow! I'm published! LOL Thanks, Jen! :)
To answer a few questions:
- I freemotion quilt, usually a meander, not with my walking foot, though I think I may have to do this from now on!
- I use 100% cotton batting, , Warm and Natural,always have, always will (it's like budduh!)
- I pin baste the snot out of my quilts and have never had puckers this way but always use all cotton fabric; I do not use a frame since I freemotion my quilts
- I only buy (from the thrift store, no less) used vintage sheets, never new (didn't even know one could buy new! Cool!)
- I do not quilt for the public (wouldn't mind it, though LOL) but would NEVER sell a quilt to someone with puckers in it! Ack! Very bad form! LOL The three vintage sheet quilts I made were snatched up by family and friends,despite my protestations, who apparently don't care about the puckers - they just want my well-made, wrinkly-goodness quilts! LOL
Thanks so much for posting my comment, Jen, and to all of you for commenting. I think I will try spray basting, as you have suggested. And experiment with my walking foot! I love vintage sheet quilts too much to give it up! Thanks again for a great blog, Jen!
Susie, from CO. :)