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!