It’s really great when I get to quilt one of my own quilts, especially when they are gifts for special people. This is a fun, fast quilt to put together from a pre-cut kit available at The Fabric Stash Club. I think I have made 8 of these and still don’t have one for myself! You just stack the squares together and stitch around the edges. Wavy outline quilting and the Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton select batting adds lots of texture. The completed quilt is machine washed and dried giving it that antique, soft and cuddly look. The edges are going to fray which gives it a tattered look. The combination of 100% cotton batting and homespun or yarn dyed flannel are necessary for that effect. Just for fun, I added a greeting to the borders congratulating the recipients on their 50th wedding anniversary!
“So, how do you want it quilted?” Should you go for the custom quilting or the economical edge to edge quilting? Sometimes it’s the quilts decision! Here are 2 quilts from the same customer using the same fabrics, same batting and about the same size. One quilt is custom, one quilt is E2E and when you look at the pictures you’ll see why. The overall quilting adds texture and detail and is the best quilting option for quilt 1. The custom quilting with border, block, sashing and background fill designs, along with 3 different thread choices really makes this quilt stand out, making it the best option for quilt 2.
Here’s a couple pictures showing the backing fabric attached to the leaders of the longarm. Two parallel backing fabric edges are pinned to the longarm leaders, rolled up and pulled taut. If the backing fabric is not squared off, it will not load onto the longarm leaders smoothly. I hope these pictures help you understand the importance of proper backing fabric. Pieced backs are great but if they lay wavy and skewed on the floor they will be wavy and skewed on the longarm! For a small fee I will prepare your backing for you or you can purchase wide neutral backing fabric from me. I’d be happy to help you figure the yardage needed for backing fabric, too, just let me know how I can help you!