As you may know, I have a closet full of tops just waiting to be quilted. As you don't know, and I didn't either until this week, I also have an office that was apparently built on an iceberg. It's really cold in there, and I'm told it will be until they turn the heat on sometime in mid-November. Put the two of these things together and what do you get?
Here is the quilt I finished up this week to take to my office for when the cold gets to be too much:
Well, the students will have to fight me for it, don't you think?
In truth, I made this quilt in 2017 and it's all leftover bits and scrap pieces. Even the binding came from the basket of bindings made from leftovers. I kind of always had it in my head that it was going to the office, too. And just wait until you see what I did on the back:
Yep, that is some Cuddle fabric, also known as Minky. Not sure which brand this is since I've had it for a long time. It is so soft and very cuddly. And nice and warm, too.
The backing was not as hard to work with as anticipated. There were just three things that gave me a bit of trouble. First, there was the fuzz. Yes, it shed quite a bit. Dark blue bits everywhere. Also, stitching this absolutely ruined the needle. By the end I could actually hear it going through the fabric. I almost changed the needle but I didn't want to ruin a second one.
The third thing that was a problem was the basting. I don't use the spray stuff, and it was hard for me to get the tension taut enough all over the backing piece. The Minky is a bit stretchy. Also, it didn't hold the thread (for basting) very well. If I were to use it again, I might go for the basting spray. I think that would hold it a bit better.
The quilting itself on the backing was no problem. It went through the machine just fine and was no worse than any other backing. I got one small tuck in the backing while quilting, but it's so forgiving that I can't even see it unless I look for it. The tuck is in the picture above, but even I can't see it now, and I know where it is.
I did use batting in the quilt, which makes it just a little heavy with this backing. I don't think I would use it in a larger quilt. This one is just 42 by 52, which will be perfect for the office, and the weight is not that bad. I used a walking foot to quilt it and kept large open areas, mainly to keep it cuddly, but also so that it didn't get heavier. And if you are a fan of a Hera marker, it works great with the Minky backing. I quilted this with a variegated yellow thread, though you can barely tell that there's any variegation in it at all. I wouldn't get the variegated yellow again.
So there's another one out of the closet and put to use! I'm really, really happy about that, and I'm looking forward to being just a bit warmer in the office. It's a really old building, and it only has single pane windows, which are huge and look pretty but haven't really done well with the wind.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I am planning an overdue trip to Target, and we'll probably go out for some lunch or something. For once we really don't have a plan, but that can be nice, you know? Oh, and I should have mentioned that all of these pictures were taken on our property, too. There is a lot of work to do here, but the trees are pretty, aren't they?
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or not Friday, and TGIFF.