Thursday, 17 May 2012
Evie's quilt winging its way to Kelso
Once I'd done the piecing, using Superior's fine strong Masterpiece thread, I got some cute baby dinosaur printed fleece from Letham Craft Shop near Forfar, and basted the two together using 505 spray. I'm not sure I'll ever go back to traditional basting, it's so much easier! In contrast to my usual method I bound the quilt before quilting as the quilting wasn't going to be directional or move the top much. I usually do continuous binding but went for butted / knife edge binding this time and it was mostly fine, I had to unpick one edge where it hadn't caught the fleece and patchwork properly.
I found a nice old fashioned font online and reduced it to a single line. I drew Es and Rs, Evie's initials, onto the hexagons using a green Frixion marker and hand quilted them. Frixion markers disappear under heat and vanished beautifully after ironing, I also washed the quilt to make sure it wasn't going to come back. To quilt I used a favourite quilting thread, Superior's King Tut in Mummies. This is a thread I've used for several baby quilts and has a lovely repeat of pastel yellow, blue and pink. I did originally try my hand at free machine quilting but wasn't happy with the result so unpicked and went for hand quilting, which gave a really lovely line.
So finally back to the knitting. Between this and having lost over a stone after taking control of my eating and exercise, and becoming stronger and more flexible during yoga, it's been a good week. Now all we need is for the weather to cooperate, here in Scotland seedlings are still having to be in the school bottle greenhouse, we might run out of space soon!