Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quilt Progress

Okay, so I was hoping to be finished with my quilt by today.  Alas, the quilting bit has got me a little intimidated.  Here's what I have so far: the back (which I think came out well) and the front.  Plus the batting in between.  It's all pinned together, and I've also basted it, but I think it needs more basting.  I'm planning to bring it with me on my trip to Montana, where there are abundant, experienced quilters there who can help me.  My goal is not to do a lot of dense quilting.  I want the finished product to feel soft and fluffy, but I also don't want it to shift around.  So "Stitch-in-the-Ditch?"  Also, I'm thinking about hand-quilting; will it take too long?  I didn't end up finding the stripey binding that I was hoping for, but I found a lovely little freckle-dot (white dots on an espresso brown background) that I think will look great.  I'll be sure to post pictures of the final product!

 I left a little blank panel to the right of the owl and pussycat print where I can dedicate a blessing to Bria Rose, who is the little sweetie that will be getting this quilt.


Victoria said...

Your doing a good job, Colleen! And if you don't want to do much quilting on this, then make sure to read on the batting package what the maximum distance between quilting can be. For example, on Quilters Dream Cotton Batting the stitching can be up to 8" apart. Anything more then that and the batting could separate from wear and washing. Too often I see quilts that have such sparse quilting on them, I wonder how they will ever hold up through time.

Since you have a water theme going on here, maybe you could quilt lines that had a little waviness to them. Sort of a free-form meandering... that way nothing had to be too exact and measured, (keeping it fun) and the quilting would compliment the fabrics. (Just an idea!)

Colleen MacDonald said...

Oooh, Victoria, you just solved my problem!! Thank-You. I'm so excited to quilt "waves" into it now. That's a perfect way to tie everything together (both figuratively and literally)!