Groovy quilting commenced
Before I could start quilting Groovy I had to first dye a backing. I used cotton sateen and dyed it with the colors of the Oasis gradient. I feel like it complements the quilt really nicely.
It took me three attempts to get it loaded correctly. First there was a pleat then I didn't get the quilt centered well enough. It's been so long since I quilted a really big quilt that I forgot some of my own tips. But I eventually got there.
I thought this Star Swirl panto had kind of a hippie look to it so that's what I chose and I'm showing it off with lime green thread. This is going to be a fun one.
I've also been working on another little project. Last week I found a bag of polyfil and decided that I needed to use it up. I remembered seeing that From The Heart takes seatbelt port pillows and thought I could make a few. I cut out scraps of fabric and got some hook and loop tape from Hobby Lobby for $1/yard. I had enough polyfil to make 28 port pillows!
It's such a simple project that you can make one in about 10 minutes. I did make one change and used 2 attachment tapes instead of one so it would sit more securely on the seatbelt.
These were very satisfying to make but I'm done with them for now. This week will be focused on getting Groovy made so that I can take it on vacation to use.
7/26/2022 07:09:34 am
I immediately was drawn to that backing. Then as I read, I realized that Oasis was the last gradient I purchased from you. I have been looking at it frequently hoping for inspiration.
7/26/2022 07:24:24 am
I give up. What are these pillows for? I can’t think what a port is in the context of seatbelts. They used to sell soft fuzzy things that wrapped around the seatbelt straps that made them more comfortable for anyone who has the strap hit them right under their chin, like kids. But these pillows don’t look like they serve that same function.
7/26/2022 07:21:36 pm
These plump little 'port pillows' work in a similar way to the ones you remember. They are designed to prevent pressure &/or rubbing by the seatbelt against an infusion port which is normally placed in the upper chest wall for cancer treatments. Often the port is right where the seatbelt normally hits across the body. The straps allow it to be placed in the perfect location for that individual and stay in place.
7/26/2022 08:38:35 am
Beautiful backing! I saw on another site, A project using cotton cording or clothesline that looked like it had been dyed in several different colors blending into one another. Have you ever dyed cording for your coasters?
7/27/2022 09:58:22 am
Such a pretty gradient and perfect for the quilt you're planning. I'm sure there are a number of patients who will surely appreciate those pillows.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.