At the beginning of September, I set a goal to quilt my Mini Candy Box quilt. You can read about it here.
This is the finished quilt.
|Mini Candy Box - front|
|Mini Candy Box - back|
I contemplated how to quilt this quilt for almost a month. I pinned it on the design wall and looked at it every time I walked by. It's not a big quilt, 27" x 30.5", so I thought I would do a lot of quilting on it, either straight line quilting or try out free motion quilting. I even thought of quilting from the back because I just love the backing fabric. I tried it on a sample piece, but I didn't like the look of the needle marks on the front when I sew from the back. Back to square one!
The more I looked at it, a little bird told me otherwise. The quilt top is very busy, so I decided to do simple quilting on it. I didn't want too much quilting to distract the eyes from the design. Then I finished it with facing instead of binding. I really like the clean look on the front.
Now go check out the September Finish link-up to see many beautiful works here.
On Sept. 2nd, I wrote about basting, and tried thread basting for the first time. When I thread basted this quilt, a few thoughts came to mind.
1. I got jabbed quite a bit while using a basting needle. It's not fun and I had to be extra careful not to bleed onto the quilt top. Hopefully this will get better with time.
2. It's a very time consuming process, more than pinning, I think.
3. I didn't like it when the thread ran out and have to re-thread the needle. That's just me, my bad.
When it's time to quilt, I liked it that the top didn't move a whole lot. I did sew over the basting thread in a few places, but didn't have much problem when it's time to pull out the thread. I cut up the basting thread and used an awl to help pull the thread that got run over. Not a significant problem. Maybe because I didn't heavily quilt this piece.
Over all it's quite an interesting experience. I'll have to do it again with a bigger quilt and see if I would feel the same.
I also pulled out some fabric for a new project. Here is a sneak peek.
Have a great week everyone.