This was a quilt for a dear friend that I did before putting Scrap Dance Minuet on the frame. It had a couple of minor problems, and it is a good time now to show you how I dealt with those. It was a really pretty quilt, with a batik backing. Regular readers know that batiks are not my favorite thing to work with. The tighter weave doesn’t shrink with steaming to deal with extra ripples here and there. The very thing that most of you like about batiks is the quality I don’t like, LOL!! Luckily, my friend is a star piecer and her tops usually lay flat without manipulating. The backing had the issue this time. This seam on the backing has been sewn crooked as the fabric apparently wasn’t cut straight. It is straight for the majority of the joining seam, but at the end veers off to one side. This puts more fabric on one side of the seam, creating a sag on the edge with a big wrinkle. If I don’t do something, that will create a pleat in the backing as it is quilted.
This happens a lot, but is easy to deal with. What I do is stuff a wad of batting under the roller to take up the extra so the backing lays flat across the quilting space. I’ll take this out before I roll the quilt, and replace it as needed to keep the backing flat.
Another issue is that this quilt does not have borders. Even before I began smoothing and pulling on the top, the seams at the edge are beginning to work apart. This is why longarmers beg quilters to stay stitch edges. I have two choices here, either take the top off and run a line of stitching all the way around to stabilize it, or just tack it down as I go. I opted for the latter this time. The problem with this method is it is tedious, and I have to do a lot of start/stop so I won’t get my fingers under the hopping foot.
All loaded, I like the design. It looks like waves to me. No, I do not know the pattern.
I put a swirly pantograph on it called Fascination by Lorien Quilting. I use this one a lot as it covers a lot of space in a hurry, and the gentle curves soften the sharper edges of the piecework.
The batting is Hobbs 80/20. The thread is taupe Glide in the top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
It came out nicely, I thought. The quality batting gives good definition to the quilting.
All done, the quilt went back without trimming per her request. I forgot to get a shot of the backing, but it is flat and straight without any tucks or puckers.
What are you working on this week?
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