Monday, September 21, 2009
SHE'S ALL DONE!
She... being Eliza Rose. Yes, this quilt's name is Eliza Rose. It just fits.
I am very pleased with how she turned out. I have ALWAYS wanted to do free motion quilting or own a fancy quilting machine. I never dreamed that all I had to do was buy a darning foot and lower the feed dogs on my old Singer and start drawing with thread! Yes, that's what free motion quilting is.... drawing with thread.
Here's Eliza Rose's journey over the weekend:
I pieced two pieces of Hobbs Heirloom batting left over from the Spiderman Quilt. To make the edges meet evenly, just lay the edges overlapping a couple of inches. Then cut straight through the middle with scissors. Then remove the two thin strips. This will make the two edges abut perfectly. Use a needle and thread to sew the two sides together.
Because of the smaller size of a baby quilt, I was able to pin baste the quilt on my kitchen table. This is so much easier on my poor knees and back. I just taped the backing fabric to the table, then layered the batting and quilt top. I have a good supply of curved quilt basting safety pins for this purpose.
To prepare for my first attempt at free motion quilting, I practiced drawing the meandering lines on a piece of paper.
Then I made a "practice square" and practiced. So far, so good....
Then I made the transition to free motion quilting on an actual quilt:
Sewing on the binding:
Now, is my first attempt at free motion quilting perfect? NO!! I realize that I have to practice, practice, practice, until the results are more professional-like.
But for now, Eliza Rose is my new baby quilt. I think I'm in love.....