An Unexpected Lesson
So I have a story to tell you. When I decided that I wanted to learn how to quilt a few years ago, my aunt was generous enough to give me some supplies to get started. She had dabbled in hand quilting but didn't stick with it so she gave me a rotary cutter, a few quilting rulers and an on-the-go quilting case meant to store quilt blocks and various notions while traveling. Since she sewed all of her quilt blocks by hand, inside the case was a lot of quilting needles, some thimbles, needle threaders, a few fabric pencils and one lone spool of thread.
Having just finished my niece's quilt the day before, I was waiting to wash it until I put a proper quilt label on it. While looking through my sewing room yesterday I happened to open up that black quilting case and took a closer look at that spool of thread. It was white and seemed a bit heavier weight that what I had. Thinking it was specifically for hand quilting, since that was what my aunt did, I decided to use it to sew my quilt label onto my quilt before washing it.
Now I'm slow at hand sewing -- I mean painfully slow. Every time I need to sew on a quilt label I need to refer to a youtube video on how to do a blind stitch. I also referred to Stephanie's tutorial on how to tie a quilter's knot over at Late Night Quilter. It took me almost an entire episode of Castle to sew on this little 3x5 quilt label. But I did it, it looked perfect, and it was very secure. I then put my quilt into the washing machine. Imagine my surprise when I pulled my quilt out of the washer and I see that there is NO LABEL ON MY QUILT. What??!!! I pull out the remaining few items in the washer and find the sad little label all wrinkled and not a single thread anywhere. How can this be? My husband thinks I'm crazy because I kept mumbling to myself "No... it can't be... they can't possibly make such a thing as dissolving thread...." He thinks I'm even crazier when I I bring a piece of the thread into the kitchen and run it under water for a few seconds AND IT DISSOLVES!!!
|Quilt label out of the wash, with the offending thread|
I google dissolving thread and sure enough, there is such a thing. Water Soluble Basting Thread... that I used to permanently affix my quilt label with... or so I thought... I guess I'll be putting the label on that quilt again.