I loaded this quilt onto the long arm so that when I was ready to go, all I needed to do was quilt.
Today was the day.
I free motioned an echoed loop over the whole panel/borders.
I think the quilting brought an ordinary panel to life.
The best part was finding out how easy it was to work with minky. That's what I used for the back of this quilt...a soft, yellow minky.
Oh! What better to use for the back of a baby quilt. It is so luscious.
I have another minky backed baby panel planned, but can't put it on the long arm just yet. I am waiting for my customer to drop off the backing to her king-sized t-shirt quilt. I am hoping she brings over minky as it was really easy to work with. Don't know why I waited so long to give it a try. (Well, actually, I do know. The fuzz I thought would drive me crazy)
I have the bindings made for my Quilts of Valor quilt and this panel quilt (need to get them on) and even have the binding ready for the T-shirt quilt. ''
So, I guess I will leave the long arm free for the customer and get into my sewing room to get a couple bindings on.
Yesterday I discovered a new to me chocolate place. You can read all about it here.
It's called Bon Bon Bon.
They have some really cool packaging to protect those beautiful and yummy bon bons.
Yes...I have already eaten some. The stamped lid tells you what I had and you can see what I have left. Very pricey, but oh so good. I think I will eat one a day.
Then today, I sewed on the long-arm and got my Quilts of Valor quilt all quilted. Can't show the whole thing as it is a challenge for my June retreat. Yeah....I am so far ahead this year, but it is hard to keep it a secret that long, too.
I used a panto called ribbons and stars.
Here's the backing.
I used up every single one of my Americana fabrics for this and purchased just a few more to get it done. The binding is made. All I have to do is to sew it on now.
Next on the long-arm is a baby panel that I added some borders to make it a little bigger and this will be my first try at minky for the backing. It actually loaded very nicely, but then again, maybe that is because it is on the small size. Anyways, I am giving it a try as I have a customer quilt that is either going to have fleece or minky as the backing and I want to make sure I know what I am doing before I do hers.
Here's the panel quilt loaded.
All that makes me happy to get something accomplished today and I am all set to go on something new as soon as the time allows.
Don't get me wrong. I love minkee. It's the softest stuff around and so cuddly. My phobia comes into being when I think about "working" with it; but today I have been trying to overcome that.
I bought this adorable blue elephant minkee at Jackman's in St. Louis, MO with just the thought of slapping two pieces together, stitching them, turning them right sides out and stay stitching a border and that was that. It's been in the bag at least 3-5 years.
My fear came into being when about 9-10 years ago I bought a couple pieces of minkee for a couple of those drag around baby blankets that have teddy bear heads attached to the corner. Well, when the gal at the quilt shop cut it for me, there was this "cloud" of fuzz everywhere. I am thinking to myself....."I can't have that in my sewing room!!!" being a somewhat clean freak. Thus, those pieces are still in the bag.
Well, since my friend has told me there is nothing to it when it comes to using minkee on the backs of quilts, I purchased two pieces yesterday for two panel-type baby quilts and I am going to give it a try. I truly believe the "newer" minkees are less fuzz producing than the originals.
So, while I was at it, I decided to pull the blue elephant fabric out (since that one should be a no-brainer) and made this little number.
It's not quilted and never was intended to be quilted. I was just copying what the quilt shop had as a sample. It's just going to be a cuddle blanket for the youngest grandson.
My other two pieces will probably wait a bit since I will have to re-introduce myself to my embroidery part of my machine. The teddy bears will have embroidered faces.
Then on to the next project (actually the above one was the last one of the day). I had to add borders to my skinny panel and now that is ready to be quilted onto the yellow minkee backing.
Binding is already made, too. So, I have no excuses. This now measures something like 38 x 48 which is much better than the 22 x 37 that it was.
Since I was in the mood for sewing in the sewing room today, I dug in my stash and came up with a good pink dot for the little trim on my cupcake pillowcase and got this one made, too.
I am feeling good about my accomplishments today. So stay tuned for some quilted projects as there are a few that are piling up now.
I am known as Mimi by my four grandsons, they are 10, 7 and 5 and 1 year old. They are what life is all about. Besides being a grandma, I work; but in my spare time I quilt as much as possible and am dabbling in knitting again.