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« on: June 16, 2009 02:16:42 PM »

Hi everyone

What a great forum! I love looking through everyone's work here.

I am halfway through making my first ever quilt! Don't think I have ever sewed this much. It is for my BF his birthday is in 2 weeks.

I have finished the top. I am grateful to all the members here without this website to read and be inspired from I would never have even started it.

The question is? What next? I am unsure what to do. I have a lovely fleece blanket that I wish to use for the back. Should I just sew the top to the blanket? Should I add wadding? I am constantly worried about messing it up!

I don't have a very fancy machine, just a basic a workhorse.

Here is what I have done so far...






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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009 07:54:54 AM »

First of all, your quilt top is beautiful.  You did a great job, especially for a first quilt.

If you are using a fleece backing you don't have to use wadding (batting), though you could if  you want a heavy quilt.  The very first quilt I made I used a pattern where you sewed right sides together at this point and then turned it right side out through a small hole left on one edge. Then hand sew closed the hole used for turning. (So it did not have binding). Then you quilt it either by tying or sewing.  The disadvantage to this is the edges aren't as crisp as a quilt with binding, and you can't replace the binding. (If you look on forums here you'll see lengthy discussions about the need or not - depending on opinion - of being able to replace binding). However the quilt I made this way gets heavy use and washing and does just fine.

Option 2 would be that you have enough backing that you can fold it over to the front after quilting for sort of a faux binding.  If you do this you'll want to lay wrong sides together and baste them together. There's a variety of ways to do this: I prefer safety pins, esp. curved ones, but you can baste with a spray on product (I've never done this, again there are discussions of this in the forum), or you can baste with thread. Then you tie or quilt. Lastly fold backing under for pretty edge, and then over to front, pin and sew down.  The disadvantage here is that you'll have a fleece border/faux binding on front of quilt, and once again you can't replace binding. I've done several quilts this way though, and they do fine and look good.

Option 3 is the whole hog approach. Baste together as described in option 2. Quilt/tie as in option 2. Cut backing to size of quilt front. Then sew on binding. If you search here you'll see multiple descriptions of techniques for sewing binding. (You can also search you tube for video instruction of this. There's a good Eleanor Burns one showing how to machine sew on binding. - Many techniques require hand sewing binding on one side of quilt, hers doesn't).  This is definitely the most time consuming of the three options, and especially for a beginner sewing binding can be frustrating.  It's not too hard, there's just a learning curve).

For my 2 cents, with your 2 wk deadline I would tie the quilt and do one of the first 2 options, and not use wadding. Machine quilting is not hard and can be accomplished fairly quickly, but there's a learning curve there too, and you'll want a walking foot to do it.  If you do machine quilt it make a little practice quilt sandwich with cotton and fleece to practice on.

Hope this helps, and let us know what you do!
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009 05:18:02 PM »

Thank you SO much!

I think I will forgo the wadding then (save it for my next one) and use teh fleece backing. I have a lovely black and white swirly fleece.

I will have a think about the binding. Not sure how to do this I assume normal binding is not good enough as it is quite thin. I like the idea of using the fleece turned over as a binding. I will check on YouTube first.

I am worried about the quilting part. I don't have a walking foot. I assumed I could just quilt straight lines across with my machine, I guess I am wrong? Sad I have no idea what tying is but I'm off to look it up.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009 06:47:02 PM »

With only two layers (no batting) you should be able to quilt it without a walking foot just fine.  Just make sure to baste it pretty well since there's so much fabric to manage.

As for binding, it does give a nice finished look to a quilt.  I think Denyse Schmidt's instructions in her book (and possibly online somewhere?) are really good and easy to understand, if you can find them.

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009 09:44:27 PM »

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I'd go with the fleece and some wide quilting lines--since there's no batting to move around inside, you don't have to worry as much about quilting lines being close together.  Besides, boys (men?) like to snuggle soft things and get hot easily.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2009 01:56:23 AM »

With only two layers (no batting) you should be able to quilt it without a walking foot just fine.  Just make sure to baste it pretty well since there's so much fabric to manage.

As for binding, it does give a nice finished look to a quilt.  I think Denyse Schmidt's instructions in her book (and possibly online somewhere?) are really good and easy to understand, if you can find them.

Good luck!

Ohhh I am so nervous about the quilting part!

Basting - this means tacking right?
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2009 01:57:02 AM »

OMG they are so cute!

I have 3, the one in the photo is Jelly, he is the most "helpful".
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2009 01:15:29 PM »

I would use Misha's #1 option, which is sewing right sides together and turning it right side out.  I just finished a tshirt quilt this way.  After turning it right side out, I stitched 1/2 inch from the edge all the way around, except where I needed to close the opening, where I stitched 1/4 inch.  The topstitching made the edge much crisper.  I think binding fleece would be challenging because of the thickness.
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