Quilting is happening
I'm dedicating July to doing lots of quilting and finishing. This isn't going to be about exhibit quilts. This is about getting some blankets done. I started by attaching 5 backs to zippers so that the quilts will be ready to load.
I don't know if I've ever shared this but I attach my quilt backs to the zippers with this curved-bottom stapler. This think has to be 50 years old. Mom gave it to me and it came from the doctor's office that she worked in from the time I was little. The doctor she worked for was our doctor. I was in college before I realized that people had to wait in a waiting room to see the doctor. We always went in the back door!
A stack of quilts ready to go!
First up is the wedding quilt and I quilted it with a flurry of feathers and hearts.
Even though it's quilted as a all-over I did take a little extra time to quilt a heart in the center.
I was so happy quilting this one until I saw this on the back! Someone did a poor job of basting.
I shared this photo on Facebook to see how many people would rip out the stitching and how many would leave it. The results were about 50/50. I wasn't about to rip the stitching out. Remember, this is a "blanket". I hand stitched the pleat down.
Can you see it on the back?
After it was quilted I cut the binding and was putting the leftover fabric away. I realized I had a lot of leftover fabric so instead of binding the quilt I made pillowcases to go with it. Fortunately I wrote a pillowcase tutorial almost 10 years ago so I could get to the instructions easily. The binding will get done soon.
Next up is the second Rainbow quilt. This one is going to quilt up fast!
7/5/2017 11:48:01 am
ok this is a new one for me - you attach your backing to a zipper? how does that work and I guess you have a lot of long zippers that you use if you can do more than one at a time
7/5/2017 04:22:15 pm
I tried zippers for a while, but was ripping my shirt on the pins. Never thought of stapling it. I replaced them with Leader Grips, ones for the sides also, after I saw them demonstrated at a quilt show, and never looked back.
7/5/2017 09:45:14 pm
Even though I don't have (or ever expect to have) a longarm, I would like to see pictures of how the zippers attach the quilt to the frame. I think I have a good idea, but exactly how it works for different size quilts is a thought I have pondered.
7/6/2017 07:44:23 am
I have a long arm and right now I just use straight pins to the leaders. I get stuck all the time and would love another way to do it but I think sewing those zippers would be time consuming. Maybe give us some more pictures?
7/6/2017 08:07:26 am
Covering the pleat with the quilt's label - now that is what I would do. I wouldn't care if the label was in the middle of the quilt. Who says the label has to be in the corner? LOL!!
7/7/2017 06:00:24 pm
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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.