Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A new find...

I hate basting! I find it tedious and it makes my fingers sore, but it is a necessary evil if I want to quilt. Or so I thought!

When making my quilt "my log cabin has a swimming pool", I used 505 spray glue instead of basting, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with the results. 

I did the back layer first, and I would have found it easier if I had taped the layer to the floor first in order to stop it moving too much as I positioned the wadding on top. However, I learnt my lesson and taped the top layer down, and that made it so much easier! I supported the quilting with a quilting safety pin in the centre of each block, just to be on the safe side, but I didn't appear to need it! I had heard that the result is not permanent, but didn't know how long it would last... so I was a little concerned.  However, it took me 6 weeks to complete the quilting, and it was still stuck firmly in place once I had finished!

So now I have used it again for my mammoth sofa quilt! This 90x100 inch quilt is the largest I have attempted yet, and it made the old muscles ache to get it quilted. But now it is done!
After filling the washing machine to bursting so I could wash out the 505 glue, it is now proudly in situ with the two matching cushions.  I am delighted! So if you pop around for a cup of coffee over the next week or so you will have to sit on the floor until the novelty has worn off!

The colours are nothing like my usual choice, but the space is a little big for a riot of colour. They are muted tones, but I love the detail.
My favourite square has these fabulous autumnal trees on it. I have kept the quilting very simple to suit the style of the fabric, with variegated threads in straight lines down the quilt.

Now I am going to take a little break before I start the next one (slightly smaller at 90x90 inches) for the other sofa! At least one of them is now safe from kitty molestation!

4 comments:

  1. Wow Sarah ,now that is abit special ,no wonder you have been AWOL for a while ,cushions too ,great really great ....love Jan xx

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  2. Blimey that's big but doesn't it look great. Well done you.

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  3. Its smashing, love the colouring and am sure any passing cat will be thrilled with it lol

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  4. Wow the sofa quilt looks great! And huge!

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