Batting!!!!! Ok…..to backtrack a tad. The project in question is one that’s been around for a while ….ummmm….yeah…….like November of 2015 is the beginning of the “birthing”…ha! Please, go to this post if you want the “rest of the story”.That is when the pattern/material was given to my larger quilt group. May, of 2016, is when I got the majority of signed blocks back…… Fast forward to our meeting last week and the request for all the finished friendship quilts that were done this past year……really? Ok….Let’s grab some stash fabric for backing and raid the batting bin……Found both.. I will draw your attention to the batting package and the fact that, not only is it not Hobbs brand, it’s 100% poly extra loft!!!!! It really didn’t look that bad coming out of the package but, at some point, it exploded and, yes, it definitely is lofty…poofy…..fluffy…..etc.Well, first, I have to square each block and get them sewn together!!!!! How to quilt it???? “Feather Swirl” was my solution and the photos give evidence………………First the back……not bad! No pleats or puckers!!!! . And the “marshmallowy” finish…..the motifs are stitched large (the blocks measure 11” finished) so the quilt would still have some type of softness when done. Success. I ever so briefly considered adding a border but quickly eliminated that…..no more of the green, other than enough for binding. Binding!!! That’s it!!! A “faux flange” binding….perfect (and just enough of the green!!!). I wanted a bit wider binding strip to accommodate the additional quilt thickness, so I went with a generous 2 & 1/2 inch width. This meant cutting 2 strips (each one the length needed)…flange fabric: 1&7/8 inches…..binding (green): 1&1/4 inches. Stitch the 2 lengths together and press the seam open…..
fold in half (matching raw edges)…….. The binding will be stitched to the back of the quilt and flipped to the front, stitching in the ditch between the dot fabric and green. This gives a nice clean finish to both the front and back……. And, now, the label and it’s a finish!!!!!!
Thread: (top) Glide; (bobbin)Thread: (top) Glide; (bobbin)poly, 70 wt. Batting: Fairfield Extra Loft poly.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in a comment! On to the next (little) project…….hint….it involves “feathers”….just a few!!!!