Yes I'm very happy to say that the Children at Play Quilt was completed in time for J's 5th birthday. This is the quickest I've ever completed a quilt, nothing like a deadline to spur you on but it was a close run thing.
The backing is Aqua Kona and Moda Bleached White PFD plus some 5" charms cut from the left overs of the fat quarters of the Children at Play fabric - I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut these - fun and fast too.
I machine sewed the binding which still needs some perfecting as a method but there's no way I'd have managed to get it sewn on in time if I'd hand sewed. This time I sewed it onto the front of the quilt and then used my ditch quilting foot to stitch in the ditch again on the front using this tute. I found that I missed quite a few bits on the back and had to do a fair bit of unpicking even though i'd pinned it like mad. In the end I used some basting tape to attach the binding to the back and this solved my problems. I try not to use lots of this tape as it's not cheap but at by half eleven I really needed some help. I think Stitch Witchery might be ok for this purpose too but it doesn't wash away like the other tape.
Next time I bind a quilt I think I'll go back to sewing it onto the back first and edge stitching on the front as for me it gives neater finish and I can see what I'm doing better. Another thing that I found is that there's pretty poor visibility when it comes to turning the corners using the ditch stitching foot so I ended up doing a locking stitch at the corner so I could then readjust and also make sure the corners were secured properly.
The wadding is Bamboo/cotton blend which is lovely and soft, I soaked it first as per the instructions as I didn't want a wrinkly crinkly look. I used some Cotton Patch Cotty quilting thread in the champagne colour that I had to hand and luckily my machine and the thread got on very well and I had no issues with the quilting at all.
J had some friends round for a wee birthday party which went really well, his top present apart from his quilt of course was a spider man costume which he's worn every day since. he's managed to get pen on his quilt already :( but it does mean he's actually using it which was the whole point of making it. I was a bit more annoyed about it at the time but he ho what can you do?
Talking of Spider Man here's the cake I made at his lordships request, didn't quite go according to plan but it tasted good and there were no complaints so that's got to be good.
Bye for now
- spray basting with 505 adhesive is brilliant makes quilting soooo easy!
- also linking up to linking up to Manic Monday Linky Party at Sew Happy Geek
- and Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations