These quilts are ready to go and when my kids are not sick we are going over to our local women's shelter to deliver them with a card talking about how quilts are like love. Here is the card I made. It turned out pretty cute.
I think I started some of these quilts 2 or 3 years ago. They have been a challenge in the fact that I was trying new techniques that I was not used to. So let me tell you a little bit about these quilts.
The light green one was an experiment. I think I bought the fabric over 5 years ago. Then a couple years ago when we were making quilts for a Relief Society project I think I started it. I wanted to try making blocks on a quilt. The fabric is from my grandmother's stash. After she died I was able to gather some of the fabric in hopes that one day I would make quilts like grandma. Maybe one day I will but for now I am an amateur. After piecing the top together I experimented with a quilting technique. I was trying to use many of the fancy stitches on my machine and just played around with it. I decided to do some free motion quilting but I didn't like doing it with my machine. And so there it set for a couple years waiting for me to finish. Finally I decided it needed to be done and so I figured out that Kirsten's sewing machine has a free motion foot and it fits on my machine. So I was able to free motion the squares that were green. It turned out okay. I have a long way to go on my free motion quilting but it is kind of cute and has a unique look to it. I added a premade binding and it turned out okay.
For these two quilts I used a couple different techniques. I sometimes watch the show Fon's and Porter on PBS. I love the idea of making a quilt but lack the confidence to do more then very simple quilts. Years ago I used a technique from the Bend the Rules sewing Book and made a couple lap quilts by piecing together strips. But as I was watching the show Fon's and Porter I saw them demonstrate a quilt made on the serger. The Serger Ruffle Quilt seemed a fairly easy way to make a quilt and so I thought I would make these quilts into that. It is fairly straight forward but I found there were a couple problems with quilting with the serger. Mainly that you are going over 6 layers of fabric and batting. My machine did it fine but I found that sometimes I would not catch one layer.
So I ended up having to modify how I did it. After I would serge one layer I would have to cut the layers to match up all three layers before adding the next layer.
I then would move the new piece on top over about a 1/4 of an inch to insure that it would get sewn into the seam. After that I picked up all of the fabric into the seam and didn't have problems.
It took a little longer then I expected but they turned out pretty and cute. Of course I love the pink and purple one but the purple and green one has grown on me.
I found somewhere where someone had wound their binding onto an old thread spool.
I liked the idea and I was even able to put it on my second thread holder while I was adding it to the quilt. It moved smoothly and made it easy to put on. Just one of those things that made the binding part easier. I cut all my binding from scraps. I like using scraps for binding, it adds color and fun to the binding.
Hope you enjoy and I hope those at the shelter can feel the love I put in to these blankets.