Road Trip Quilt – Safari Moon. Or, the stain from hell.

Safari Stars Road Trip Quilt

Safari Stars Road Trip Quilt

I was so excited about this quilt. I spent months planning it, the piecing went great, and I was so excited to get started on quilting it.

Which is when disaster struck. I usually mark my quilt with a purple water soluble /air disappearing marker, then mist it with a spray bottle to get out the markings. Only this time I noticed there were still some purple markings. So I sprayed again. And again, and again, because that darn thing just would come out.

Which is when I realized that it wasn’t the purple marker not coming out, but rather the red backing bleeding up to the front. And all that spraying just made it worse, and worse, and worse.

And after that, the quilt lost some of it’s sparkle for me. I eventually got some synthrapol, and washed it with that and a whole box of colour catchers, and the stains came out (or mostly did), but by then, the quilt had lost it for me.

Plus, then, when ironing the quilt after it came out of the washing machine, the iron spit up all over it, and created a whole new set of stains.

I’ll probably end up taking it over to QFTH and get it ironed properly, and then maybe I will fall back in love it. But at the moment, I’m just frustrated and angry. And tired.





Each block is quilted differently, and I really did have a lot of fun doing the quilting.


The border I am particularly proud of, I made a star template to use in random places in the border, spilling over the edge, which I do think looks great.

I do have the pattern written. And it’s probably my best yet. It has turned out so well. So once I get the quilt and it’s stains under control, then I’ll get a better picture and get the pattern out.

Until then,

Later days,



7 responses to “Road Trip Quilt – Safari Moon. Or, the stain from hell.

  1. It’s beautiful – I don’t see a stain but I know that I’ve been completely discouraged after something has gone wrong with one of my quilts. The quilting is spectacular.

  2. I cannot see any stains from your photographs at all, but I know that sinking feeling and stress all too well. It is a gorgeous quilt; I love the texture your quilting gives it and adding in the quilted stars in the border is lovely!

  3. The quilting is so beautiful. And like quiltingjetgirl said, I don’t see any staining. But I do know that sinking feeling when you see stains and think, “all of that work, all of that planning, it was almost perfectly complete and now it’s destroyed.” It’s so heart breaking. My iron stains usually come out if I rinse them right away. Take heart, it’s a fantastic quilt.

  4. A quilt is ment to be used! Don’t worry about a few lil stains! It’s a beautiful piece of work and will still keep someone warm.

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