Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Haven't been on here much for a couple weeks. Been focused on trying to complete one of those scrap top projects that's grown! I'm not fond of oranges and browns, but my sister is. When she saw some of the crazy random 9 patch blocks I had made she thought she would like them made into a spread for their queen size bed. We finally got the blocks chosen and arranged after several attempts.
Had to be careful when adding the sashing and corner blocks as this was only my second attempt at piecing for over 10 years and was still struggling to get consistent cutting and seams. I had chosen a fabric for the sashing, but Sis decided she preferred another one that we had talked about earlier. So I had to pick out the pieces that I had done and start over--thankfully, not that many yet! One of the pictures shows the two. Which one do you like? Or, neither?
Since I'm working with so many scraps, there isn't always enough and I have to keep trying to find something that will work. Finally found just enough plain off white for the corner blocks. Now, I'm running short on the borders. I bought that fabric at Walmart because I knew I didn't have enough scrappy pieces and I'm not sure it's still available. Ah, the joys of NOT planning! I'll check on Monday. If it's no longer available, I'll have to find something that will coordinate. She needs the quilt to be 93 x 93 because of the depth of the mattress. Will definitely use muslin for backing. Might use it for an inner border; just can't make up my mind whether I like it! I posted a picture. What do you think? Also made a small blue, white and red piece to change up the pace so I wouldn't feel overwhelmed. It might make a nice table topper.
Thanks for all the helpful comments on quilting on my home machine! I'll practice quilting on smaller pieces before tackling this queen thing. It's surprisingly heavy and I will have to figure out where to do the quilting so I have a surface that's big enough to support it. Maybe at Sis's house as she has a LARGE dining table? Fortunately, since she intends to use this as a spread rather than a quilt, whatever I use for batting will be very light.
I've also been a little wary of the spray glue gumming up the machine. I think two things come to mind after the first experiment. Give the sandwich time to set or "dry" before quilting and the obvious one that comes to all our minds: spray lightly! I had no problems at all with that first one that I did, other than the buik issues. I used the Therm-o-Web Spray n Bond.