Quilt making of a sort has continued to progress over the last week. I made a backing and went off to buy some cotton wadding... and then things kind of went mildly pear shaped and now there are two quilts!
Well, I wasn't happy with the wadding (too thin) so I ended up buying polar fleece instead with the intention of using just like normal wadding - sandwiching it between the quilt top and bottom. But - being a complete novice at this quilting malarky - I had made my backing exactly the same size as the quilt top and thereby created a complete fiddle when trying to sandwich the three layers together. You just can't get them all in line and all perfectly squared up. And I only discovered the idea of having a bigger backing after I trundled off to YouTube to look for some advice. Common sense really but there you go.
And while all this was going on, part of my head was thinking " why hide the (snuggly) fleece away behing another layer of cotton?", so after some mild grumpiness and head scratching, I decided to back the quilt top with fleece, and use the bottom for another quilt. But of course - well, to my mind at least - a rather white quilt top with some bright white fleece would just be too blinding, so more fleece would be required. Something dark blue-ish. And after trawling round all the shops in Dublin, and finding nothing at all, I went off to the internet.
Meanwhile, to add to the stress of all this, the baby arrived. Hooray! But... no quilt to give him, and I got rather over-stressed by this, and the indecision of which fleece to buy for the backing, and the fact that it would probably take at least a week to arrive (because yet again, there was nothing suitable to buy in Ireland - what is it with this country?!). Who'd have thought making a quilt would be so nerve-wracking?
But yesterday I had a brilliant brainwave: use brushed cotton instead, because I can go to the shops and buy a flannelette sheet and some wadding, and not pay for postage or wait a week for the thing to arrive. Double hooray! So that's the plan.
In amongst all the angst, I did actually progress both quilts a little, as you can see. I've done the text on the quilt top, and started to quilt the quilt bottom/top with the fleece. This latter quilt will be for Stashlet; I was sewing fabric together for the quilt top and he wanted to know what I was doing, and then said "can you make a quilt for me next?". So this one is for him, and the quilt I've been planning to make him for er... at least 2 years now, will come next. I have half the fabric for it already (a lovely alphabet panel by Laurie Wisbrun which you can see here), but I want to make a wonky log cabin version and clearly, judging by recent efforts, I need a bit more practice before I get it right.
Sharing this on Randi's Show and Tell Tuesdays - even though it's Wednesday today!