Disclaimer: This post will likely bore everyone but the most die-hard sewing fanatics and my mother, who loves everything I write.
OK. Got that out of the way. Now, I'm going to show you two of my new favorite things about quilting. The first is this pieced quilt back. Typically the quilt back is one piece of fabric, or a couple pieces of the same fabric seamed together out of necessity. That works, especially if you want to keep things really simple, or you have a piece of fabric that you love for the back. Recently, I pictured in my mind a quilt back made of nine fat quarters. (That's a quilter's term for a quarter yard of fabric cut in a 18"X22" rectangle instead of a long 44"X9" strip.) So I tried this method out on a quilt a few weeks ago and really liked the results. Thus, I'm apt to make my quilt backs this way for who knows how long. I love the interest it gives the back and it makes the quilt truly reversible.
I called in my trusty sheriff to guard me while I worked. I recommend that you do the same if possible. The top layer is done just the same way, only this time you're spraying the batting first.
After all the layers are in place, I mark the quilting lines on the quilt top with a washable marker. A purist would do this before she layered the quilt. Since there is nothing pure about the way I quilt, I will do it the way I want...being the rebel that I am.
I bought this machine from my sister-in-law (Hi, Rochelle) when she upgraded to a new high-end machine. It comes in handy to have two machines sometimes, especially if the girls want to tinker around on one while I'm on the other. We really like Bernette, too. Beautiful stitches and purrs like a kitten.
I had this whole thing quilted in no time flat. Maybe an hour. Probably more like 45 minutes. I didn't time myself.
Mommy is sewing a quilt (on the machine) (in the sewing room.)
Now the binding goes on and we're almost finished. I take it to the ironing board and press and pin the binding down in preparation for hand stitching it in place on the back side.
Alas, you'll need to wait a few days to see the completed quilt.
If you've made it this far, I commend you for your longsuffering. And I promise to bring you tasty recipe soon.