Quick Quilt for the Birthday Boy

I love quilting but I have really only ever hand quilted – a long, slow and very rewarding process.

When I decided a quilt would be the perfect keep-sake gift for my son’s 10th birthday I had only days to make it, so it was going to have to be quilted with the machine.

I decided on a red and navy theme and got to sewing stripes of fabric.

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This quilt introduced me to a lot of new techniques. The first being spray basting.

This process is so simple and quick!!! As long as everything is well pressed and lying flat it really is quite easy.

I ironed my backing fabric and then lay it out on my table-tennis table. I used masking tape to keep the fabric stable on the table and then carefully placed the wadding on top of it. The fabric was a little bigger than the table so I had some overhang on one side. To start the gluing process I folded the wadding back over itself perfectly evenly on the long edge. I then carefully sprayed the first half of the wadding with glue following the manufacturers instructions. I then lifted it back and pressed it evenly onto the fabric to ensure it was smooth, starting in the centre and working out. I then repeated the process with the other side. I first needed to move the overhanging fabric onto the table and secure it with tape. I then folded the wadding back onto the glued side and repeated spraying it with glue and smoothing it over the fabric.

Next I pressed my top fabric so all the striped seams were facing in the same direction. I repeated the spray gluing process, this time with the fabric on top of the wadding. I spray glued on the floor rather than the table-tennis table this time.

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Once the top fabric was securely attached I started machine quilting, in the ditch. This was my first time doing this and it wasn’t as hard as I expected. I sewed up in one direction and then back in the other direction to ensure the fabric was evenly spread and didn’t start twisting. I rolled the fabric into a big tube so I could more easily manage it as I sewed.

Once I finished I trimmed the overhang of the backing leaving a 4cm seam around the outside.

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This overhanging fabric then became my binding. I folded it in and hand sewed it in place.

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It’s not perfect but I’m really happy with how it looks. Here’s a view of the back.

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My son loves it! I hope it is in his life for many years to come.

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A Blogging Pause

I’ve taken a little pause from blogging for no particular reason.  I’ve still been creating…just not blogging.  So to kick off my return to the blog here’s an update on what I’ve been up to.

  1. Making more Christmas decorations
  2. Continuing work on my quilt
  3. Planning for a dinner party
  4. And…introducing daily exercise – a surprisingly time consuming activity that makes me feel great but isn’t all that creative!

I’m back now so I’ll see you tomorrow!

The Big Pineapple

No, I’m not referring to the icon on the Sunshine Coast but rather my new quilting project. I have no idea why, but the blocks I am making are called big pineapples. They are certainly big – 65cm square, bigger than a normal pineapple block I believe. I’m such a quilting novice. Perhaps someone can fill in the explanations below in the comments!

With this project I’m trying a new technique for me called ‘quilt as you go’. You see I’m making a queen-sized quilt and I suddenly realised that I would never be able to drag that massive quilt to soccer or tennis to hand quilt while I was watching the boys play so I’m quilting sections at a time and I’m then going to join them all together using the fantastic tutorial on Andrea’s Blog.

 I’ve completed making and quilting my first block and I just adore it!  This photo doesn’t do it justice. Or – perhaps quilting is like having a baby; you look at your own and think it is just beautiful and perfect. 

Here is my first block completed, with tacking still attached.  I can’t wait to get started on the next.

 

A Commitment to Quilt

I have new toys!  Quilting toys that make quilting life soooo much easier.  Why was I wasting my time drawing lines and cutting with scissors when all I needed to do was pop out to the shops and buy a mat, a rotary cutter and a fabulous ruler? I love them all so much I stayed up late playing and forgot to publish this post yesterday…when I actually started writing it! 

So Quilters, what else am I missing that I simply must get my hands next?

Under the Sea Quilt

When I re-started this quilt a few weeks back, it was already well under way.  But – there was still a lot of quilting left to do.  I’ve managed since then to devote quite a few hours to completing this project and I was very pleased to sew the last few stitches while Will was at soccer training.

Ready for the next quilting project!

Something I Prepared a Little Earlier

Back in 2005 when I was pregnant with William I started making a quilt but never did finish it.

Inspired by my recent success completing my first real quilt I decided to pull out William’s baby quilt and have a go at finishing it off.

The panels are all appliqued with ‘under the sea’ creatures, and there are just a few that require some hand quilting to complete the quilt. The edge of the quilt is even complete so I really just need to get stuck in and finish off the last few panels. And the best news is William still loves the quilt and can’t wait for it to be finally  finished.