Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beat the deadline!

I gave myself a deadline of June 26th to finish my son's quilt and I did it! I finished putting the binding on it on Wednesday. I found a wonderful tutorial here by the Missouri Star Quilt Co. for putting binding on entirely by machine. It was much easier than I thought and hand sewing through denim would have taken me a very long time. By using the machine method for binding I had it completed in a little less than an hour.

The finished quilt held up by my husband. I was going to try to free motion quilt the borders but I found it just to heavy to control so I went with straight lines instead.

The jeans I used for the backing were castoffs from my husband, my oldest son, my youngest son and myself. The ones I had on hand were not enough so a friend gave me some of hers. They were not long enough for the width of the quilt so I added a panel in the centre using some orphan blocks I had in my stash.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Making More Progress

Earlier this week I finally finished basting this quilt and was able to start machine quilting it. I was hoping to be able to put it on the quilt frame but it is too wide for the space I have so I am using my dining room table. I couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt this so I decided to a straight stitch across the width of the quilt and maybe try a little free motion quilting in the borders. Hearts and loops maybe, we shall see.

I can only work on this a little bit at a time because I am finding it quite heavy so I hope it will serve the purpose of a weighted blanket. I think I may use some of the left over strips of plaid for the binding. Anyone have any ideas?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Making Progress

June's Friday Nite Sew-In is fast approaching! June 17th is the date and I can't wait. I have been making progress on my son's quilt. I hope to have it basted so I can start the quilting Friday night. Wish me luck!