Sometimes a small thing you do
can mean everything in another person's life

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On May 6th

I'm going to be putting Taylor's quilt on the long arm frame in May.  Her quilt is going to be a bit different than her siblings and her cousins.  Taylor's bedroom is above the garage and it is cold!  I decided to put a flannel back on it and then use a wool batting.  I have never used wool before but I'm willing to try anything once.  If I like it........I'll definitely do it again.
Anne gave me a piece of wool batting to try.  My angst with wool is the washing and drying.  The Jay family do not have a big backyard so lying it flat on the ground is not feasible.  I finally picked up the batting and two pieces of fabric, and a beautiful King Tut thread and headed downstairs.
This little piece of fabric was given to me and as it has grey cats on it playing with yarn I knew it better stay in our house.

I spent about an hour doodling with free motion trying different things.  It's a great way to practice.  Circles are always my downfall.  I should do this more often.
In the next couple of photos you can see the loft of the wool batting.  I was told this would happen.

I just kept going until I was at the end of the fabric.  It measures about 18 x 20.......large enough for Misty to lay on in the living-room window next winter.
The machine loved this batting.  It needles beautifully and the stitches are even on both the front and the back.  No skipping at all.
I found a beautiful green fabric in the stash basket and cut two strips to fit around the piece.  
The actual purpose of this was the washing and drying of it.  I have to check with Anne what batting this was before I do anything dumb.
I have purchased the batting for Taylor's quilt.  
If you are in doubt as to what to buy ask at your favourite store, do a little research online and read the labels.  I have found over the years, that all quilt batting packaging tells the story of what is inside.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wrap it up Wednesday!

Three baby quilts are done, however, you are only getting to see two of them.  Sorry.   I'm so happy that these are behind me and I can move on to other my granddaughter's quilt that is going on the frame in May.
This is just a simple disappearing nine patch with some brown sashing.  Not hard to do at all.  Fast, quick and it looks so great when it is done.  People think you actually spend hours making this.  Shhhh, don't tell them.
I machine quilted this one myself with a new thread I had just purchased.  Love this King is blues and browns
Bunny Hugs went on the frame when I was over at Sewing Machines, etc., doing my Love Blooms Here.
I changed the thread colour from what I told you I was going to use.  I decided that I didn't want colours running through the bunny's faces.  It worked out well.  It blended beautifully with the other colours.

Watching the Caterpillar.  My all time favourite baby quilt.  
My binding does not match my border.  I had a really good laugh about this.
The binding fabric was sitting on the cutting table when I decided to try out a new block my friend Anne was going to teach.  When I realized what I had done, I thought to myself I'll just go back to the store and buy more.  W.e.l.l, that didn't quite work out.
On the day we were doing these quilts on the long arm a lady came into the store and bought the rest of the fabric on the bolt.  I even told her it was one of my favourite grey fabrics!
The one I chose to use instead works well, so no harm done.

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