I had to steal a little time today to crow though, because my daughter Kaitie made her very first quilt! I am so proud of her!
It is quilt for her friend and co-worker Mary Ann, who found out that her cancer has returned. Kaitie came up with the idea of having everyone at work draw on a square of fabric in themes that Mary Ann loves - like the beach and pizza, etc.
Before we started, we got wonderful advice from Val of Val's Quilting Studio, who wrote a tutorial on How to Make a Quilt with Kids. Val did a lot of helping us via emails as well. Thank you Val :) !
Kaitie sewed the squares all together on her Featherweight and then came over last weekend to sandwich, quilt, and bind the quilt. (One of my sewing machines has an even feed system that we thought would help) Kaitie chose Minky for the backing fabric and satin binding. She was aiming to make this quilt super cozy, like a hug. Kaitie used fleece for the batting, because the quilting was going to be very minimal and she wanted the quilt to hold up well in the wash. Wow was that satin binding a pain in the patooty to put on. It kept slipping as Kaitie sewed. She wanted to try fusible seam tape and I don't know why we didn't switch to that after we found out the clips weren't holding very well. It might have helped.
How do you all cope with satin binding? I would love to hear any tips you have on that because my next big quilt for my son Sam is going to have homemade satin binding.
Kaitie's first quilt:
|Some of the neat blocks people drew|
|Mary Ann's finished quilt|
My blogging is going to be spotty for the next month, but I do have something fun planned to celebrate after I meet my deadline. My only hint is that it is non-fattening!
A little update to add here: Mary Ann was very surprised and over-the-moon-happy about her quilt and has it on her bed now. It was just in time for her birthday, so they had a pizza party for her.