Slightly ahead of schedule, here is baby quilt 3. I love the colours and I love the pattern. In fact I’m almost sorry to give it away, but I know it’s going to a good home.
The only reason I finished it so quickly is that I skipped half the quilting. There was meant to be a fancy zig-zag pattern on the blue triangles, but I just didn’t have time. So the stripey shapes are outline quilted, there are a couple of lines round the borders, and that’s it. It should be fine as the wadding I used has a maximum quilting distance of 10″ and I’m well within this. I’m just slightly sad I didn’t get a chance to do the zig-zags.
The book I got the pattern from is called “Quick and Easy Projects for the Weekend Quilter”. I not the quickest quilter, but even if I was I don’t think I could have done the entire thing in a weekend. Maybe a long weekend. At any rate, that’s the last time I take my time scales from a book title 😉
So what did I learn from this quilt?
- It’s no fun rushing. I’m getting a better idea of how long it takes to put a quilt together which should help ensure I don’t end up skimping again.
- It’s a lot easier to use my sewing machine with the pedal rather than the start/stop button. I feel more in control if I don’t have to take my hands off the fabric to stop. I didn’t use the pedal for my previous two quilts, but I’ll be doing so from now on.
- The finish is much nicer if the threads are run into the fabric. Previously, I used the sewing machine to do reinforcing stitches at the beginning and end of each piece of quilting. I didn’t think this looked very neat, so this time I manually sewed the threads into the quilt to finish them off and that looks much nicer.
So what’s next? There are no more presents needed until next year, so I don’t need to start on those yet. I was thinking something small. Perhaps a bag. Or maybe I’ll try some free-motion quilting. I’ve also got a book on sashiko from the library, so maybe I’ll try something from that. I’ll have a think…