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?