Friends of Stuart and Alison have recently become parents to a gorgeous baby girl, so of course I offered to make a quilt. The brief ...... anything pink and with unicorns!
I had a look in my baskets of wadding leftovers, but there wasn't a big enough piece ........
which meant I had to cut a piece from this roll of wadding, which I bought recently at The Quilt Shop. I use so much wadding it made sense to invest in a whole roll of it, as it works out cheaper than buying it by the yard ......... and Sue had a special deal on it!
I started by trimming of the selvedge from the unicorn fabric
then folding the fabric diagonally - after trimming off the excess strip on the right, I was left with a square metre of fabric
the easiest way to measure the wadding was to wrap the fabric round it!
I didn't trim the backing fabric, as it should be bigger than the quilt top, so I pressed it well and taped it to the table
I also gave the wadding a light press, as it was slightly wrinkled - only do this to cotton wadding, never do it to polyester wadding! Then having smoothed it out over the backing fabric
I pressed the unicorn fabric and smoothed it on top of the wadding, ready to pin the layers together. This is the tedious bit, but it is worth making the effort to use a lot of pins to keep the sandwich stable while you quilt it
the next stage was to choose the thread - just as I was auditioning three threads, Malcolm came up the stairs into the Attic, and together we agreed on the turquoise thread on the left
I made up a little sandwich to see how the stitching would look - this was worth doing, as the top thread was showing on the back and I had to adjust the tension to get the balance right
I used a large, lazy, loopy meander
I found fabric for the binding in my stash
we came up to the flat this morning, so while Malcolm went out for a walk this afternoon, I sat and hand stitched the binding on the back
a simple, quick way to make a baby quilt
when Malcolm came back from his walk, he produced this bag of deliciousness!
and of course we have to have a bit of sconnage on a Friday ....... this cheesy delight was still warm from the oven!
tomorrow we are heading north over the Border, to visit Stuart and Alison, and then on our way home on Sunday we are going to pop into the Autumn Quilt Show at Ingliston (I may need to lie down in a darkened room on Monday after such a bust weekend!) I hope you have a great weekend, love Anne