Short story: I've never quilted or appliqued before and I want to make a quilt for my Volkswagen-obsessed husband for Christmas. If you don't want to read the rest, skip down to the bottom where the questions are!
Long story: Last November, hubby got a job 75 miles away. In May we put our house on the market, and I resigned from my 4 year teaching position. I applied to many schools, only got two interviews, and zero job offers. I was devastated. I mean, this was my career
and I do a damn good job, and no one wanted me. Anyway, I got over that, and the increase in pay from hubby's new job is enough to support us. Unfortunately, our house hasn't sold, like so many others across the country, so we've taken it off the market for now. I have a deal with a Vo-Tech school where they guarantee me substitute work Monday through Thursday, so that helps out some. It also helps that gas is down to $1.79, so those 150 miles a day aren't so painful anymore. However, we've had to cut back significantly on frivilous spending, and because hubby is bringing in almost 80% of our income, I'm finding it hard just to go out and buy
something this year.
I've started on a Volkswagen embroidery that I plan on framing, but I also want to make him a quilt for the couch. We keep the thermostat set at 58o
, because in our 84 year old house with steam radiators, the upstairs gets to be around 75o
anyway. Downstairs, however, can get pretty chilly.
I've read about quilting, so I understand the basics, but I've never attempted to actually do it. I can sew reasonably well for a novice, so I figure a small quilt won't be beyond my abilities. I don't need to do anything fancy, and I'll probably tie it so my meager Kenmore sewing machine doesn't need to sew through all the layers, unless I can find a walking foot on the cheap or someone who will let me borrow their's.
Right now I'm thinking of just doing a large Volkswagen symbol applique on one side, and either fleece or a pieced panel on the other. Here are my questions:1.
Since the Volkswagen symbol is round, how do I turn under all of those edges? Can I use the method that Anna Maria Horner uses for her Super Circles
Obviously I'm planning on hand stitching the symbol to the front of the quilt. However, would it look better to just cut it out and zig-zag the edges?2.
Would this size quilt be considered a lap quilt? My husband's not a big guy (5'9", maybe 190 - he's built like a short football player
), so is just one width of fabric enough? If not, will it look okay if I sew two pieces of fabric together, if I don't plan on machine quilting over the seam?3.
If I use fleece for the backing, what would be appropriate to use for the batting? Or do I need to use anything at all?
That's it for now! I really appreciate any help or tips that you can offer!