Thursday, November 30, 2006

No Borders Now

After making a border strip, I realized that my problem was that the quilt was not wide enough for its length. It is 72 x 48 with a 6 inch extra row at the top in this pic. I'm going to add another 12 inches to the width and I think 60 x 78 will be better. I don't have the two 24 inch strips sewed together yet.

I bought some great batting. It is Hobbs and was expensive at $19 for queen size which was the only size they had. I usually use cotton but wanted poly for this utility quilt.

I also found some great backing fabric at Hancock. It was $2/yd on the sale pile. It is a 2000 design by Sunday in the Park, if that means anything. I've already washed it and it is really good fabric. It is strange that sometimes Quilt Store fabric, which costs more, is not this quality. I guess other things like how long they have had it in stock and such also affects the pirce. Anyway this should work great.

I wasn't able to post this morning and now have the quilt top finished into two pieces, each 30 x 78. I'm now going to have to make a decision about quilting it and then sandwich it. How to make a tight sandwich still alludes me. I really am just a topper.
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Anonymous said...

I have one of those banquet tables that I sandwich my quilts on. I use some of the large black binder clips from an office supply store to clip the backing onto the table, then spread the batting out and reclip, then add the top. Lots and lots of safety pin basteing (about avery 3-4") later it is ready to quilt.

Anonymous said...

getting the quilt wide enough to balance the height will really change how it feels I bet ;-)

Dawn said...

I think making the quilt a bit wider is the answer! I think your right! The only solution for pinning the sandwich I have it to find a big space to lay out the backing and tape it to the floor then layer and pin, pin, pin. The hard part - finding floor space!

Fiona said...

I love the look of the top spread out on the bed. I am more of a topper too - I always think I'll make a mess of the quilting and 'ruin' the top.

Libby said...

I think you made a good decision to make your top wider -- you'll be happier all the way around. I crawl on the floor to make my quilt sandwich. There are times when this reminds me I am not as young as I once was *s*

Tropical Screamer said...

Our California King bed is the only place I have to lay anything out or to block large knitted lace pieces.

The quilt is beautiful. The backing material looks just perfect.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Why did you wash the batting??? I have used this batting for years and have never washed it before basting the quilt. I have never had any problem with that. Your quilt is so beautiful, I love the colours you have used.