50/50= 100% pain!

I decided to work on a simple vintage kit I have.  It was made in 1978.

The fabric is 50% cotton, 50% polyester and 100% pain!!

If you have never tried to applique with a  poly blend I recommend that you don’t try it!!  It is no fun.  The fabric does not hold a fold, the stitches do not seat into the fabric, pressing does not work well, all in all it is not an enjoyable experience.

All the pieces are pre-cut and it should be pretty much a no brainer to put it together……not!

I don’t know if I will finish this.  Quilting should be fun!!

I’m sure it would turn out fine, but is it worth the pain?

I think I need to save it for punishment and do something more fun for the holidays

Like decorate the tree

Happy Quilting


8 thoughts on “50/50= 100% pain!

  1. I’ve wondered about those kits that one sometimes sees! Makes you really appreciate the work that was done making those quilts.

    • timquilts says:

      It sure makes me admire anyone who has made one!….they sure must have been good!
      They did make kits much earlier than this one that were 100% cotton….but in the 70’s poly cotton was looked at as so much better….less fading and longer wearing…..and so hard to work with!! oh well live and learn

  2. Your story brought back to a memory of a Hawaiian block applique class I took with Joyce Gross about 1981. I was so new to quilting, I did not yet know the difference between cotton and poly-cotton. I just made my selection of fabric based on the colors I liked. Guess which I brought to class. Ugh. I never did finish even the one block. It just wasn’t worth all the time and frustration. My recommendation, keep the kit as a reminder but put your time and talent into your 100% cotton quilts. But of course, if you are a finisher by nature, you’re probably going to have a hard time giving yourself permission to quilt while you’re ahead.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Karen…I am so glad I am not the only one!! And your story makes me feel ok about not finishing it…perhaps I will buy some cotton fabric and make my own using the pattern for this kit? actually I have so many more to work on that I think I will just give this one a long rest!….in 100 years perhaps someone else can take a stab at it

  3. I remember working with poly-cotton. We didn’t know any better, and being from a rural area, that was all that we could get. I always use poly thread on blends, and baste and baste. Work on something fun! We don’t need to make quilts to keep warm anymore!

    • timquilts says:

      I think that basting is the only way to go with this thing….but as you say I don’t need it to stay warm so it is not worth the effort! I am so glad that I live in an area where I can buy good quality cotton fabric!!

  4. LoriD says:

    Would machine applique make this one any more enjoyable?


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