Can you see me dancing ?? Yes - it's done ! I love it but I will NEVER attempt something so last minute again ! Famous last words - lol ! Finished the binding just now and have added an extra feature that I will explain in a minute.
The top went together quick as a flash and even the mitred borders were fine. Decided to go with 2 colours of border fabric to make a feature of the mitres. This could have all gone pear-shaped as I am no expert at mitres. My second attempt and not as scary as I thought. Onto the quilting. Can you feel a story coming on ? lol !! Picked a thread to quilt with - sort of a dark grey to blend in and started free motion quilting on my Janome machine. Ten minutes in and the thread had snapped about 6 times. I had put a brand new quilting needle in so knew it wasn't that. Took off foot-plate and de-fluffed. Re-threaded and carried on. Still the same , snap, snap bl***y snap. I perservered for a while getting more and more cheesed off. I thought it was the thread as it was not absolute best quality but was all I had in the right colour.
To prove a point I changed machines to my little Brother which is neither a quilting machine ( as my Janome is ) or as expensive and you know what ? it quilted a dream. No thread snapping at all. It is only a small machine really and I struggled a bit quilting in the middle but got there in the end. I am no longer friends with my Janome and have put it's cover on in disgust - think it has tension probs. I am thinking of trading it in as I have never been that impressed with it really. It is great for piecing and walking foot quilting but for free - motion quilting it is rubbish.
Anyway onto my extra feature for this quilt. If you have been following this tale you will know it is for my nephew to travel with at the weekend. He will be spending don't know how many hours by coach and needs to travel light. So, my friend Elaine suggested this to me on Tuesday at our quilting group. The pictures are a bit dark but should be clickable to make them bigger.
Make 2 straps out of the leftover fleece that backs the quilt.
Sew them on the back like this.
How cool is that ?
Chris can shove this in the bottom of his bag when he's not using it. Or maybe he can strap it to the bottom of his rucksack.
I will give this to him tomorrow with my good wishes and hope he has a brilliant time in Germany. I may drop a few hints about finding a patchwork shop but am not really optimistic. Can't really see a 15yo lad in a quilt shop somehow - lol !!
Take care x