Thursday, October 14, 2010
Progress Report - Kit Quilt
I posted about piecing it with my mom (amidst some harassment for never finishing sewing projects!) and about leaving in the mistakes instead of trying for perfection (which I'd never manage anyway). This September during my mom's visit we made yet more progress on it. It is now bordered and backed, pin basted and ready for quilting.
The batting and backing was a bit of a study in imperfection itself. We calculated the amount of material we would need for backing, but then decided to add a border in the backing material. For some reason, we thought we could get the borders out of the backing scraps, so we bought the same amount of material we had calculated for just the backing. Well, duh. That didn't work. We got the borders on and then didn't have enough material to do the back. We had to go back to the store and get more and then piece together a back with multiple seams. I guess that's no big deal (yes, it made me twitch).
Then, we cut off the batting material at just the right length for the measured size of the quilt. But when we sandwiched the quilt top with the batting and backing, guess what was too short? The already cut off batting! So dumb. How hard would it have been to sandwhich and pin and then cut off the excess batting!?? Most people don't even cut it off, but I'm quilting on a small machine and I didn't want extra bulk to fight with. I know how to patch the batting it but it's discouraging so I didn't do it (ha! what does reveal about me?).
After the visit I made a little more progress. I quilted a few lines in it (starting from the center and going out to the side with enough batting) but then I needed the table space back and my scrapbooking was calling me so I (again) put it away. I guess I like sewing together more than sewing alone? Or maybe I have to do too much of the work myself when my mom isn't around!