Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'll be Tied She Says!

So many quilts, so little time. If you have been quilting for any length of time you have left overs, scraps, pieces. With the cost of fabric these days we all know it is prudent to find a use for those left overs. Kay has proven that seemingly disparate fabrics can be combined beautifully with only one unifying fabric. Just take a look. This service quilt is made from various fabrics. Each cut into a 5 inch square. Her cohesive fabric is the polka dot. How happy is that?
In a departure from the traditional front, back and batting combination she used a cuddly microfleece for backing. No batting is required. I have made a few of these and they make outstanding quilts for children. They can be used and washed and used and remain intact and warm. Kay has chosen to tie this one rather than quilt it. This is often a wise decision as the microfleece is stretchy and often distorts when stitching.  A walking foot helps me when quilting one of these but a good basting of the two fabrics also secures the layers.

  • Have you ever considered using a fleece fabric as a backing? It is so cuddly and warm. Try it, you might like it for casual utility quilts.


ELMO said...

How do you baste the fleece back and how do you prevent it from stretching?

celkalee said...

I baste these (outside or in a very well ventilated room) with a spray baste and then pin now and then to maintain it. The fleece like the spray so you need to do a section at a time and be careful not to stretch the fleece. Kay tied this one and it is really cute, better than my feeble pictures. I have used a large machine stitch (like a 4.0) and a walking foot without any problems. Of course, test your upper tension on some decent size scraps first to see how your machine handles it. These are great for quick gifts, children's blankets, day care cuddlers, service projects and just for yourself. They wash well and last a long time. There is NO batting.

ELMO said...

I'm going to have to try this, I over bought fleece during a fabric.com sale so I may have one or six pieces :o

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