It's unusual for me to have two 'work in progress' posts in two weeks, but I've been working on a couple of longer term projects at the minute. This is about the second of those - my nautical baby quilt.
After the last time I posted about the quilt I got lots of helpful feedback about batting and quilting - thanks so much to everyone for their input. In the end I went for Quilters Dream Orient batting, which is a mix of bamboo, silk, Tencel (eucalyptus wood pulp, apparently) and cotton. I know, fancy. I also bought a walking foot for my machine. Instead of going for the Janome one which was £50 I went for the more modestly priced universal foot at £20. Seems to work well, and if anyone wants any information about the universal walking foot let me know and I'll do a post about it.
I also changed my mind about the backing fabric and added another layer of nauticality with a printed cotton. Progress with the quilt got a bit held up after my iron was out of action and I had to get a new cord put on it, but just now I'm in the middle of the actual quilting part.
After putting off the quilting as I was intimidated I finally got that walking foot fitted on my machine and I've been really enjoying it. I read through the suggestions in the comments about stitch in the ditch or stitching beside the seams to create a more forgiving off-set grid (Clever MrsC!) but in the end I decided that my joins were a bit wonky to support either of those successfully. So I went with the suggestion of CJ of Thoroughly Modern Margo, who suggested going diagonal with the quilting.
I used masking tape as an easy way to indicate lines. I've now completed all the lines one way and have started going the opposite direction. Some of the joins of the quilted lines are a little ruffled but overall it's going ok.
Once I've finished the quilting it's just the binding to do - again I'll be looking to the comments from that last post as you guys made some helpful suggestions. I've still got to choose the fabric for that.
Just a heads up - I'll be posting again on Friday with an exciting freebie opportunity for you - be sure to check back then!
Project 52: 17/52
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