Friday, November 5, 2010
Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2010
I (like most others I’m sure) had a hard time deciding which quilt to choose for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I finally settled on my Jeans & a Tshirt quilt that I made for my son. I chose this one because for this quilt I did two new-to-me things: a fleece back and a pieced, scrappy binding.
My oldest son has never showed much of an interest in the quilts I’m making while they’re in the piecing stage. Once I lay them out for basting though, he comes right over to see. After making a few comments or maybe asking a question or two about it, he inevitably asks when I’m going to make HIM a quilt. I put it off thinking he was just being nice, but then I got a great idea for a quilt that would fit my boy to a T.
I called it “Jeans and Tshirt.” In my stash I had a big stack of blue scraps that were given to me from my MIL and when paired with white, they reminded me of jeans and a nice clean white tshirt. (my boy’s favorite school-day outfit.)
I added just a touch of red to add a little bit of unexpectedness…
When we went to the fabric store to choose the backing, my son insisted on fleece. I was really nervous about quilting on it – I had heard that I would stretch and warp pretty badly.
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the fleece back. I really thought it would pucker as I quilted it, but it worked beautifully! I did use my usual batting as well as the fleece. I basted it as normal and quilted it as I usually do. Really the only difference was just in how much more bulk there was to work around as I quilted. In the end I do really love the weight of the quilt.
The finished quilt measures 55x72