On our recent retreat at Febuary Hill, one of the days was spent working on another Quilt of Valor. I had enough stars left from you, dear readers, to do another To The Nines pattern. All I needed to do was to make some nine-patches. I had cut squares and brought them with me, this time using the same light print in the center. I used the web method to speed piece the blocks.
I put the stars on the design wall and began filling in the nine-patches, when one of my friends said something didn’t look quite right. Whoops, LOL!! I didn’t even notice this when I put them on the wall.
That was an easy fix, happens to all of us! Then, I continued to fill in the nine patches.
It didn’t take long to make all 15 blocks I needed.
I again used the web method to assemble the top, first sewing the columns.
Then a quick turn and the rows were sewed.
All done, and in less than a day! We started sewing when we got back from lunch around 2 in the afternoon, and then took some time to do dinner before returning to the sewing room for about 2 more hours that evening. It was done in about 5 hours.
When I got home, I loaded it on the longarm.
I wanted to use this Tuscany polyester batting to see how it performed. This is a premium polyester with a soft feel, nicely manufactured so it doesn’t pull apart being handled.
I liked it, as it has a bit more loft than cotton, taking up of some fullness in the top. Using a number of different machines to do a top will sometimes result in a bit of fullness here and there. Not a problem with a little thicker batting.
It was easy to quilt through.
I used navy Glide in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The pantograph is Fascination by Lorien Quilting, one I use a lot.
The quilting went quickly, and I was done in an afternoon.
One weekend of watching XFL football games, and the binding was done. While I was working on this, I found the quilt to be warm but not overly so, yet very lightweight. I’ll use this batting again.
I added a label, and will hand it off to the QOV committee this week.
The quilt on the veranda in the dawn’s early light.
Looking good, I hope it will make a Veteran feel appreciated.
Have you used a high quality polyester batting?