Well, the colder months are quickly approaching and I think I'm ready to tackle this quilt project.
I fretted over how to go about quilting it. What we really need is a thick and warm blanket for the wintertime, so rather than trying to actually "quilt" it, I'm going to just tie it. I know. It's taking the easy way out. But those of you who quilt know it's nearly impossible to do any decent quilting with super high loft batting. My only worry is that a tied blanket is less durable than a closely quilted one, and this top is hand pieced to begin with. But only time will tell how it will hold up.
I've assembled all the necessary ingredients.
I bought the highest loft batting I could find and I planned to buy fleece at the fabric store for a backing (It makes a quilt extra cozy). But I quickly realized that even with my 40% off coupon the fleece would still be pricey. So instead I combed my local discount stores for a queen sized fleece blanket. There weren't as many colors to choose from, but I ended up finding a nice cream one at Target for $12, which is less than half of what I would have paid for fleece fabric that I would have needed to seam in two places to get the proper width. So that's a savings of money and time. Can't beat it. For the binding I'm using my always favorite red and white mini-dot (the same stuff I use for my Strawberry Coin Purses) and a matching red cotton floss for the ties.
So wish me luck. Even just tying it, this is still going to take quite a bit of time. I'm hoping to get it done over the long weekend ahead when Aaron will no doubt want to spend lots of time relaxing at home.
I'm off to press the top then baste the layers. Woo hoo!
See you soon.