Sunday, August 17, 2014
Petting & Patting Fabric
Since the quilt was gifted today at the shower, I can now show you the finished Mr Bear quilt for my granddaughter due next month. A simple meander with occassional loop, love that Minky back and some fun strippy/dotty for binding (matches the bear). Washed and dried for crinkly goodness, but that Minky just stays so lush and cuddly. It got a lot of petting here as well as at the shower - where noboday had heard of, seen or felt Minky before.
Then I decided it was time to tackle this monster which I didn't think was petable at all. What to do........
And it got worse............ I rembered a tip from Deonn @ Quiltscape about 'quilting it out' - you can see her tips HERE. But I was facing a lot more than her problem so I sent off an e-mail to Debbie @ StitchinTherapy as I have admired all her helpful posts on quilting. She suggested some quilting motifs and to pat that quilt into place rather than smooth it.
So I combined the two methods of pin, pin, pin, pin and pat, pat, pat, pat and jumped in.
I tried some of the motifs, but this is one huge quilt and I am quilting on a home machine with small harp - the drag was terrible and it made for a mess on the top and back. So I went to my faithful walking foot and organic serpentine that I use on homespuns, flannels, and plushies.
A lot of repinning and repatting and sticking with it. This poor quilt had been refused by longarmers, but I took it on because it is my aunt's quilt. There were a lot of problems with this quilt, and a repair by my mother - YET - still the final flimsie was 'off'. It's not a show quilt (thank you for the reminder Debbie) and I hope my aunt is happy with the results - so this quilt can be passed on to a grandchild or great grandchild. Now I need the binding - think it best I finish that part too.
Remember to pet (or pat) you fabric today,