I was planning to use an existing twin/full blanket as a batting, but the quilt top I had pieced was a little too big for it and I wanted a bigger, queen size quilt. One that draped a bit over my queen size bed. We'll call that Detour #2. Since quilt batting at the fabric store cost more than the comforters at the dollar store, I bought a dollar store comforter. The dimensions given on the label for a king size comforter seemed more like the dimensions given for queen size quilts on-line, so, I bought the king size comforter.
Now, the quilt top I had pieced was a little too small! Oops! I pieced another row of 12 patches and attached it. Detour #3!
By now, I was running short of the 2 or 3 yard (can't quite remember how big it was) piece of purple fabric I had in my stash. I pieced together some of the short pieces I had for the side of the row I had newly pieced. Detour #4!
Then, I went to attach the borders at the top and the bottom. The sewing of the first border worked out OK, but the bobbin thread was causing some problems, with loose, loopy stitches. I adjusted the tension, but it didn't make much of a difference. I turned the quilt top over and re-sewed the seam for added strength. Detour #5.
But when I went to sew the second border, my sewing machine stopped working! The needle wouldn't go up and down anymore; the wheel wouldn't turn when I tried to move it by hand. I removed the bobbin and cleaned the bobbin casing. Then I opened up the part where the bulb and needle are and tried to oil it. My owner's manual says to "oil as described" but nowhere does it actually say how and where to oil! I looked up the instructions on the website and there's nothing there, either. I watched a couple of videos on-line about cleaning and oiling a sewing machine. One video said to use canned air to blow out accumulated lint and dust. The other video said don't use canned air! Very helpful. Once before, my machine made some clattering noises and I oiled what I could and it worked beautifully after that. Now, even after oiling, I couldn't get the needle to move. Road block #1!
Of course, I could sew the second border on by hand, but, I did have another option. I called daughter and asked her if I could use her sewing machine, instead. She had bought her sewing machine in order to sew her costumes for anime cos-play but she didn't take it up to Berkeley with her. She said I could definitely use her machine, so that's what I did to sew on the second border! Detour #6!
But, the quilt top was still a little not wide enough to cover the comforter being used as the quilt batting:
|Not long enough to cover the white with black stars comforter|
|The other side, showing the new row of patches I added and the comforter peeking below|
It wouldn't be a problem if I had enough of the purple fabric left over, but this is all that is left:
|Leftover Purple Fabric|
Road block #2! Not enough purple fabric left!
I do have a couple of options (or detours) though: I could cut off the excess comforter ; I could turn it under and sew it in place to make it narrower, or go to the fabric store to buy another yard or two of a matching or coordinating purple fabric.
Or, I could use this strip of lilac fabric leftover from making a nightdress; however, it is a bit too narrow at one end and not quite long enough to be used without being patched.
|Spare Bed Skirt|
What is your opinion?
From what I can see in the two small photos my comment is "so beautiful" - no clue as to your next step but feel confident you will work your magic.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the vote of confidence, Sandy! :)Delete
From the pictures, I thought the comforter underneath was just the last row of edging and looked good. Maybe you could attach the quilt top to it with that hanging out. Or the bed skirt is another good option. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Hm, that's what my daughter was saying I should do - attach the top to the comforter and be done with it!Delete
Hi, the quilt is beautiful but personally I think the pattern on the bed skirt is too different to edge it. I'm not a quilter so you probably know better than me, but I think a plain fabric would be better. Hope you get it finished whatever you decide. Christine xReplyDelete
I, too, thought the bed skirt fabric might not work. But, on the other hand, the fabric will blend with the actual bed skirt, and make it visually disappear. It will trick the eye to thinking the quilt border is the solid purple. :)Delete
I have found there are almost always options. Might not have been what I originally planned, but alternate thinking almost always reveals options. Using the extra bedskirt is a smart option.ReplyDelete
You are right, Anne. Almost always, there are options. One just has to be willing to go with an alternative route. :)Delete
Love your idea of the option of using the bed skirt.. Looks beautiful.. The quilt is so pretty too. Proud daughters machine was there, so you could borrow it.. With all the detours...this quilt is coming together anyway..smile. Happy quilting.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Judy. I am using the bed skirt - there was just enough fabric! Yes, I was very grateful I could use her machine. I need to take my machine to a repair person, or maybe just buy a new one (it's nothing fancy; cost under $100 to buy).Delete
Typically you would have a larger batting and backing when quilting to account for any shrinkage of the top during the quilting process. So to me it looks just about perfect -- I would baste (with backing --what will you use as a backing?) and quilt, then trim to square up at the end. What method do you use?ReplyDelete
The top is beautiful!
Laura, I was thinking of you as I worked on the quilt, today, telling myself, "Laura and anyone else out there who are quilters are going to wince at what I am doing!"Delete
For me, the fun is in the piecing. Once the top is pieced, the assembling the quilt is something to get through. So, I am cheating. I was going to use a bed sheet or some of the other fabric I have in my stash for the backing, but, since I'm using the comforter as my batting, I am just going to attach the quilt top to it and tie it. The back of the comforter will do double duty as the backing. I'm breaking all the rules, aren't I?
Well, if the bed skirt fabric blends with the bed skirt, there is no conflict, and as you say, the solid purple will look like the actual border. Not a bad option at all. Of course I almost expect you to suddenly discover another magical source of fabric to further intrigue us!ReplyDelete
LOL, Bushlady, I do have a whole drawer full of fabric I could use (a couple of drawers, actually), but they don't match or coordinate with the purple borders. :)Delete
I like the fabric with the stars on, it looks just like a border. Then again I really like the bed skirt. So I'm afraid I'll just have to sit on the fence with this one and let you decide lol. I'm playing blog catch up so maybe you've already made the decision? xxReplyDelete
I decided to go with the bed skirt fabric. I had just enough fabric and it will blend with the bed skirt that's on the bed, now. It also makes use of something that would have sat, unused, in the linen closet, otherwise, and been clutter. Every time I tidied the linen closet in the past 3 years, I've looked at it and wondered what I could do with it; whether I should continue to keep it or give it away (I don't have any full size beds - daughter's bed in her apartment is full size, but she didn't want a bed skirt). I guess it was waiting until it could be used for this quilt. :)Delete