Saturday, January 21, 2012
Ready for the Quilting
I hid out in the girl cave this morning sewing the last two pieces of the border onto my kid sized quilt. I have the backing picked out so it will be pieced on the top but take on a completely different look on the back, sort of reversible. It was an easy pattern (until I made my bad cut!!!)
My BIG DECISIONS will be:
**What color thread to use for the quilting - I had a suggestion from one of my favorite quilt bloggers. She said black, and I was hesitant at first but then again, it will really break up the big, lighter solids. I really need a nice pattern in them. I think black might be my choice; however, the border wasn't on at that time.
**Do I change the thread for the border, using white or pink? How do I change it there? Won't I have to back stitch with the machine so it won't pull out?
**Do I try it myself? I've only quilted table runners and then it was straight lines. If I make a pattern how do I "draw" it on so I can follow it? If I use black, it will be very obvious if I'm not good at the quilting. Maybe someone else should quilt it while I practice on a mug rug or place mat?
This is a photo of the backing along side the edge of my pieced top.
Poor Taylor, she was all dressed down to go outside and try walking on the frozen "pond" in our driveway culvert-a few inches of water collected there and has frozen over. I made her stop and lay down so you all would have an idea of the size. She's a short 7 year old. I made her the big quilt for her birthday so I didn't pick kid fabric for this one.
I know the striped fabric is not straight, and I didn't intend to try to make it so. I normally avoid stripes for just that reason but it was within the collection of fat quarters so I just went with it. I like my corners pretty straight but not so concerned about the fabric direction.
Let me know what you all think about the thread color! In the meantime I'll check around You Tube for quilting techniques!