I am pleased I managed to finish the next two quilts for my beloved grandsons before Christmas.
Farris is delighted with his ‘digger’ quilt and sleeps with it crunched up beside him. I backed it with a soft fleece, which is very soft and cuddly and also covered in ‘diggers’. I free-motion quilted this in loops, which was a bit of an experiment, as I’d never used this type of quilting on fleece before. It was quite thick as I’d also added an inner layer of polyester wadding. I used Isacord thread, which flowed through the machine needle like a dream. No thread breakages or knots beneath my work!
The central feature of the quilt is a panel, to which I added matching fabrics. I decided to label it on the front, as I didn’t want anything other than soft fleece on the back. The quilt is cot bed size and was fun to make, especially as I knew he would love it.
On Joseph’s cot quilt I framed the animal fabric with a narrow blue band and then a soft green and white spot. His parents found the animal print in Spain. It’s absolutely perfect for the nursery, and can be sewn with the pattern in either direction. I’ve photographed it with both the brown teddies and pink deer upright, but you can turn the quilt up the other way, so the red elephants and green hippos are all standing tall.
I’ve wadded this quilt with a polyester wadding as I’m disappointed with the wool wadding I used on the last baby quilt I made. Wool wadding might be sold as lighter and natural for babies, but it loses its loft in washing; leaving the quilt looking decidedly sorry for itself! Let’s hope the polyester wadding stands up better to normal washing.
My new year resolution is to finish my king size quilt that I started well over a year ago and my Christmas lap quilt that I started work on, but got waylaid by the baby quilts. I think I’m going to back both with fleece for extra warmth.
I’ve just cut out all the fabric pieces for the January craft bag-making day at PQPals. I think I’m going to add extra inside pockets measured to fit my bits and bobs, so that when my bag is finished hopefully it will be easier to keep track of my equipment at classes.
Well I wish you all a happy 2015, where have all the years since the millennium gone?
Keep sewing…. Linda x