We've had some awesomely rainy days, allowing me to keep Parker inside so I can sew. Bonus for the quilt project! For those of you new to my blog, I've been working on my first quilt. I've been following the instructions in the awesome book, Elizabeth Hartman's The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I have absolutely no experience with quilts so this has been a completely new experience for me. So far, so good!
To get ready for quilting, I laid down the batting on my kitchen floor, laid down the quilt front on top, smoothed it out and trimmed the batting to within 2" of the quilt front. Then I carefully rolled it up.
I then I taped the quilt back to the floor (right side down) so that it was taught and unrolled the batting/quilt top squarely on top. When it was even and all smoothed out, I pinned the layers together with bent quilting safety pins every 6-8".
Lastly, I took off the tape, rolled the whole thing together and got my sewing machine set up on the kitchen table. It's easier to quilt when you have a large, clear surface around your sewing machine to move this big mo' fo' around under your needle.
I used an 850 yard spool of brown Sulky polyester thread and 6 bobbins to quilt the whole thing (I chose this thread because it was shiny and smooth, but not so sure it's the best thread choice - I'll find out soon! . . . I think I was supposed to use cotton thread. Oops!). Took me ALL DAY - probably 4-5 hours intermittently of free-motion quilting in a random loopy stitch.
It's lookin' good so far! No weird pinching of fabric and hopefully the edges aren't too wiggy-waggy warped. Now to piece together the binding and figure out how to get that on and I'll be done! Quilts really are a labor of love. I have so much more respect for those who make quilts all the time! I've really enjoyed the process though and think I'm hooked on modern quilting ;o) Yippee!