Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finally finished...

After many a snafu, the Sentimental quilt top is done! (Also, I have finally settled on a name, "Sentimental Me" after the Elvis Presley song.)

With the blankets as the fabric for the squares, I ran into quite a few issues. Being made by different manufacturers, they all had different stretches, causing some annoying pucker, and then seam ripping until everything was nice and square.

A little hint, always sew with the stretchier fabric on the bottom, the feed dogs do a nice job of handling it, where as the presser foot would cause it to pull and stretch.

Also, when I decided on the border, I had a slight (and by slight I mean 2 foot) miscalculation in how much fabric I had. I ended quite a bit short of being able to border the whole quilt with the 8" wide strips, and ended up going with a 4" wide border, and a little leftover fabric I hope to use on the back.

All said and done, I'm pretty happy with it. I have the binding all cut and ready to go, I only need to piece the back and baste before I get to start quilting.

Quilting is definitely the most fun part, however I'm suffering from a little sewers block. I have no idea how I am going to quilt this thing. I chose a nice simple (SUPER simple) pattern with the intention of doing some fancy pants quilting, and now I'm am scared. What to I do with it? I know I am not going to just all over quilt, but I have no idea what pattern to do where... Feathering? MacTavishing? Paisley? HELP?! I know I really want to make this special, but I am so stumped. I may have to let it sit for a while until I can make up my mind....Ugh :(

Happy sewing to those of you without sewers block...



  1. I'm a simple kind of girl, so I would go with a grid pattern...but I think you are more creative than I am!

  2. I have been tossing around the idea of a grid, but wanted to play into the different patterns of fabric in each block. I've decided to let it marinate for a bit while I work on another quilt top... So indecisive!