Not a suggested method!!!

 Hello Dear Reader,

I’m sorry about the OQD……….obsessive quilt disorder. I’m quite a disciplined person and once I’ve started something, I’ve got to finish it. It will niggle me until it’s done. I waited until the Easter break to start the quilting process as I need a couple of days without being disturbed and where no one can hear me getting frustrated as it never goes the way I plan.

 I was taking no chances at all when I basted this quilt so I duck taped(I use the cheaper generic version which costs £1 a roll) the blighter to the floor! That sod was going no where!!!! I used fusible batting. I didn’t notice I had done so until I read the instructions. I thought it had just gone up in price by some considerable degree and hadn’t realised I had bought the more expensive fusible Hobb’s batting. It worked out no more expensive as I didn’t have to use any 505 spray to fuse it.

Spot the mistake? The hearts face the wrong direction. I’ll unpick them later and quilt them on by hand.

 I laid each layer on top of the other, and duck taped each layer!!! It took me an age to piece this quilt together so I took extra care with the layers. I then, on my hands and knees, very gently used the iron to fuse it together.

 I then removed the duck tape, which did no damage to the quilt or floor and took the semi-fused quilt to the kitchen and then ironed both sides over and over. It’s now totally secure and ready to quilt.

 The backing is a low cost poly-cotton which I bought for £1.49 a metre at the quilt festival. The newness of the fabric gives it body and makes it easier to handle.

I won’t be free motion quilting this huge queen size quilt, just stitching in the ditch with the walking foot. I’m now off upstairs to get started on the quilting. I’m not suggesting you fuse your layers together by using a hot iron on your wooden floor or use duck tape to stick it to the floor!!!! Even with this quicker method, it still took a couple of hours and now I just want to get it finished and on to a bed.

Does anyone else prefer piecing to the actual quilting? Apologies again for the O.Q.D………..I’ll soon be out and about on my bike, down the charity shops, cooking up a storm and back in the library. Now, where’s that   flamin’ quilt!

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs

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22 thoughts on “Not a suggested method!!!

  1. Aye Froog, I dig your method of getting your quilt fused together. The taping to the floor…. is a first for me but it worked. Thanks for sharing your method. JB

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  2. This one is looking really great. I'm yet to find the right quilting method for me, I've done dragging the whole thing through the machine and hand quilting, but I'm looking at different quilt as you go methods, one being the MSQC rag quilt the other this one where you can machine quilt sections before hand sewing togther

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  3. Your quilt is lovely! And I agree, the patching is much nicer than the quilting – I have about 10 quilt tops waiting to be backed at the moment.
    I have started to use fleece blankets instead of wadding for some of my quilts – Ikea do a large blanket for about £2.75 and one or 2 of these is usually ample, and a LOT cheaper than wadding.

    Kath
    x

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  4. Piecing is definitely more fun than quilting! I loath doing the final phase. Your quilt looks great 🙂 You are tempting me back to an old obsession. (Note to self: I am Linda and I'm a recovering quilter!) I liked using blankets instead of wadding too. I found old pure wool ones in jumble sales/charity shops. Cheaper & much cosier! Fusible batting sounds good though.

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  5. Piecing is definitely more fun than quilting! I loath doing the final phase. Your quilt looks great 🙂 You are tempting me back to an old obsession. (Note to self: I am Linda and I'm a recovering quilter!) I liked using blankets instead of wadding too. I found old pure wool ones in jumble sales/charity shops. Cheaper & much cosier! Fusible batting sounds good though.

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  6. Piecing is definitely more fun than quilting! I loath doing the final phase. Your quilt looks great 🙂 You are tempting me back to an old obsession. (Note to self: I am Linda and I'm a recovering quilter!) I liked using blankets instead of wadding too. I found old pure wool ones in jumble sales/charity shops. Cheaper & much cosier! Fusible batting sounds good though.

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  7. I always say I am a patchworker not a quilter. I dislike quilting intensely and have never done bigger than a lap quilt. Good luck and remember to take regular breaks. I have just finished a lap sized quilt for my grand daughter and I am seriously considering tie in it instead of quilting.

    Btw, I love all your quilting and anything else you post about.

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  8. I always say I am a patchworker not a quilter. I dislike quilting intensely and have never done bigger than a lap quilt. Good luck and remember to take regular breaks. I have just finished a lap sized quilt for my grand daughter and I am seriously considering tie in it instead of quilting.

    Btw, I love all your quilting and anything else you post about.

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  9. As I said before on your blog, I've been a quilter for a long time and the quilting part is the least favorite part of the process for me. I have been using the Quilt As You Go method for about a year and it's made my quilting so much more pleasant.

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  10. Hi Froogs. I am new to quilting so I am still making things up as I go along! I have used old fleece blankets as the batting for my quilts so far, and the machine to quilt them. I hold the layers together with safety pins – but I like your “tape to the floor” method, might give that a try next time! I too prefer the piecing stage. I have two quilt tops on the go and I am going charity-shop hunting on Friday for more fabric so I can start another :o)

    Best Wishes
    Frugal Wife

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  11. I love, love piecing – but quilting – I generally give my tops away rather than quilt. I'm a real chicken there. Remember, there are no mistakes unless you call them mistakes. Otherwise they are just the design. Cherrie

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  12. Give me hand piecing or applique any day! As far as the quilting goes I enjoy doing small quilts by hand but will send off the larger ones to the long arm quilter…

    I enjoy reading about your quilting as much as all your other posts…love the excitement you're sharing with your latest projects!

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  13. Give me hand piecing or applique any day! As far as the quilting goes I enjoy doing small quilts by hand but will send off the larger ones to the long arm quilter…

    I enjoy reading about your quilting as much as all your other posts…love the excitement you're sharing with your latest projects!

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  14. don't worry about the mistake..i think when americans make quilts there is always a deliberate mistake..its to show that nothing is perfect……i think its an old quaker tradition or something!
    its absolutely beautiful..wish i had your patience x

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  15. don't worry about the mistake..i think when americans make quilts there is always a deliberate mistake..its to show that nothing is perfect……i think its an old quaker tradition or something!
    its absolutely beautiful..wish i had your patience x

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  16. My Mum worked in the Middle East for years, teaching, and told me that there is a belief in Islam of nothing being perfect except Allah and so all those beautiful Eastern rugs you see are made with a flaw. I like the idea of going with the flaw, like going with the flow x

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  17. I'm not a terribly experienced quilter, but I didn't know about fusible binding until I read it here.
    When I'm making my quilt sandwich, I tape the backing to the floor, add the batting and the top, and then safety pin the whole thing together. I use a pin about every 6″. I dare say it's cheaper than a glue bond or even basting because I use the pins over and over.

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