So this just came across my Facebook feed lol
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I finally finished Granddaughter's quilt. The last quilt I finished was for her mom - roughly 29 years ago! Don't look too closely or you will see lots of imperfections. Having said that, I am so pleased with how it turned out!
I thought about embroidering butterflies on it after I had pieced the quilt top. You would think it would have been easier to do that ahead of time but I think having the top as a sheet helped with the hooping for the embroidery machine. I quilted diagonal lines over the Irish chain squares, and then decided not to continue through the butterfly squares as I didn't want them to hide. Then I had to decide how to add some quilting for stability within those squares. I finally settled on free motion echo quilting. This was also a first for me and my seam ripper got a really good workout. I finally decided to ditch the King Tut varigated thread I used for my diagonal lines and instead go for a colour match to the butterfly background to better hide the very beginner free motion quilting. I think in the end this was a good choice.
I continued the diagonal lines through the border all the way around, but left the bits between the butterfly squares as long rectangles. I used 2 1/4" strips for the binding as that's what I had on hand already cut. It worked just fine and I don't really think you need 2 1/2" as is usually recommended. I spent about 5 1/2 hours sewing the binding down by hand. I may try stitch in the ditch on a future quilt but I really wanted this to be the best that it could be. I finished it off with a label.
I did run into some problems with this quilt. The heat-activated glue-basting batting wouldn't stay stuck. I have two quilts using this batting and had the same problem with both. Apparently the quilt store had a bad roll. I ended up having to pin baste it all anyway. Then I was in a bit of a panic when Phoebe the Pfaff was getting all wonky with the tension as I started quilting. I was working on the class quilt (that still isn't finished) from the class that I took to learn how to finish this quilt. I sent her to the dealer for service and started working on Bob the Brother instead. This meant buying a walking foot. And a 1/4" edge guide. But Bob was also giving me tension issues - I thought I was going to lose my mind! Then I realized that Bob wasn't cutting my bobbin thread, and I was using the same bobbin as I did on Phoebe (there are supposed to be interchangeable), so perhaps there is a problem with the bobbin. I rewound it to a Brother bobbin and then Bob started giving me a beautiful stitch. So half of the quilt lines on the class quilt are a bit wonky where I was test driving quilting but it was all sorted out before I started quilting on this one. And now I have two machines that I can use for quilting. Bonus! I should mention "Butterfly Kisses" has the Holley stamp of approval.