I was so excited when I found 3 Woolrich Cream quilts for 75% off at Target. They are still full price at Target.com. I’ve been wanting to make some quilts for the boys that could grow with them and when I saw these, I knew I wouldn’t be able to make them for less than $20, but I didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to embellish a pre-made quilt.
The boys picked out 3 different firetruck fabrics and I started one this week. Kiddo #2 decided he wanted circles all over his quilt. I tried manhandling the heavy quilt under my machine and decided that as much as I dislike hand stitching anything, I’d better give it a try. I started off doing it this way:
Then, I figured out that I could sit with it on my lap on top of a lap desk. Finally, after multiple needle pokes through my leather thimble and lots of small bleeds *ouch!*, I finished the hand applique. I’m getting better at my blind stitch (thanks for the lesson from DS Quilts) but it’s still not blind. So hand quilters, should I get a hoop for this in the future? Will a thick fat quilt fit into a hoop? And yes, I got some metal thimbles.
I’ve never made a pillowcase before, and would have made a few mistakes if I hadn’t consulted Kirsten‘s tutorial. Thanks to her this pillowcase came together really easily with the raw border edges sewed all to the inside.
So 2 more quilts to go! This time, instead of saying, “What do you want on your quilt?” I’ll be asking the question something like this, “So which directions do you want the STRIPES to go?” Yeah – stripes will go through the machine a lot easier, I’m sure.
Hopefully my next post will be a wallpocket tutorial. I don’t think I’m doing it the best way, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the process so I’ll post it and see if anyone has any better ideas for me!