For the past few weeks I have been working on a child’s quilt. Of the two main prints one is of monsters the other of aliens. I’ve merged two patterns from Connie Ewbank’s book, ‘Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids’ and I’m really happy with the way this quilt top has developed.
Whilst I was designing, cutting and piecing this quilt I could definitely relate to the cheerful demeanor of this alien:
My mood changed when it came to the quilting though; the angry monster emerged:
There are lots of stages in the making of a quilt: designing, chosing fabrics, cutting, piecing, sandwiching, quilting, binding, labelling. My favourite stage is piecing, my least favourite is basting the three layered sandwich and the stage that causes me the most grief is quilting. Quilting small items such as bags and cushion covers is fine, I enjoy adding texture and new patterns to the patchwork and encounter few difficulties with the stitching. But with larger projects, puckers and pleats take much of the pleasure out of the quilting stage for me.
Most frustrating with this particular quilt is that the back looks pretty good:
Puckering and pleating; so, so frustrating! Does anyone else encounter the same problems? Has anyone found ways of overcoming them? I would be very very grateful for any suggestions as to how I can avoid these, please. I need to banish the quilting monster!
The Monsters and Aliens quilt has 100% polyester wadding to suit it’s use as a child’s quilt. I cut the wadding piece from a queen size pack of Hobbs Poly-Down and was a bit disappointed with the quality of this particular pack – the thickness varied quite a lot through the wadding and some of the thicker parts felt lumpy. Have you ever noticed how the layers of polyester ride over each other if you move them between finger and thumb? Maybe this adds to movement between the layers of a quilt sandwich and increases the chances of fabric puckering?
Most of my UFOs are parked at the quilting stage. Off the top of my head I can think of four quilts tops with backings all ready but abandoned as I worry about spoiling the tops with my less than perfect quilting!
Looking forward to receiving your experiences of quilting issues and how you’ve overcome the monster…
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