In February 1998, my first niece was born and I was determined to make her a quilt. That summer I purchased a flat sheet that matched the set of sheets that were in her nursery. They featured a Winnie the Pooh theme in a soft, muted caricature on a beige background. My plan was to frame the images of Pooh Bear with a solid beige fabric and work from there. I could not for the life me get these sheets to form anything I was happy with. I worked on this quilt for months.
The main problem was that the sheets stretched considerably. Sure that the problem was attempting to mix a polyester blend with a cotton fabric, I later used a polyester blend solid. That helped. At least they stretched together. I finally was able to complete a quilt top and assembled a quilt sandwich, using the loftier batting of a few years before. Hand quilting the polyester just did not feel right. I tried machine quilting it but that was a disaster (I didn’t know I should have been using a walking foot). Then I substituted the lofty batting with the crafty batting that had worked so well two years earlier. It was stiff, not good for a baby quilt. I hated it and it finally went into a storage bin. I didn’t try to quilt anything else for a couple of years.