A while back, I inherited a box of fabric. It sat there, for the most part untouched, except for a few fabrics I used in my Quilt of Valor quilt and some scraps for my Scrap Vomit Quilt. But large multi-yard panels were still left, and of fabric that I wouldn’t normally use. So, I decided to finally cut them all up and make some quilts.
With the fabric, I was able to make two twin quilts, a lap quilt, and a baby quilt. The tan one is made using fabric given to me by another friend, and the backing is a sheet, but the rest is from that box of scraps, and some of my mom’s old fabric, too. It was fun to do a simple tied quilt again. My daughters and my son even helped me tie a few, which was quite fun to watch, and fun to have them find joy in my hobby.
I was able to use these quilts to practice a few binding techniques, too. I practiced machine binding my quilts (instead of hand stitching to the back) and I have to agree that it was easier, but with polyester, it was super slippery. I also tried the pillowcase technique (sew all the layers together inside out and then flip it right side and then quilt). I did not like that technique as well, but the quilt turned out fine.
With all that practice, I decided to venture on to new things for me.
This is a quilt made with some fun bright geometric prints and linen (Kaufmann’s quilting linen) using a 30 degree triangle ruler. It was pretty easy to piece, and I had no problems with the quilter’s linen at all. Here is a close up of the quilting before washing (42 inches x 59 inches).
Here is the quilt all crinkled up and soft after washing (39 inches x 55.5 inches).
I mixed things up with this quilt and decided to use minky for the backing fabric.
What a fun change. Quilting this quilt felt like wrestling a bear — it was so heavy! I almost don’t want to use minky again, except for the fact that it feels so warm and thick and great in the finished quilt. Yes, I think I am going to have to make winter quilts for all of our beds now, using minky.
Since I had practiced so much on those other charity quilts, and since I didn’t like the idea of hand sewing the binding to minky, I decided to machine bind this baby as well. I think I did ok.
And, just to keep you guys up to date on what else is going on in my sewing world:
1. Remember the Dresden Wedge Tutorial? Here is a twin quilt, using scraps of light and dark values. It is currently basted and awaiting quilting.
2. I had high hopes for a bunch of 1930’s reproduction fabrics, but I have already run out of steam for the hand applique process. Maybe I’ll be in the mood again in the summer?
3. I have a bunch of left over DS prints cut up into 2.5 inch squares and 3 inch half square triangles. I have a pattern figured out already, I just need the time to put it all together!
4. And I’m hoping to one day turn this:
Linking up to Lee’s WIP post.