Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mom's Quilt

I started quilting my mother's quilt.

I knew I wanted to quilt a swirl design in the "stars" and the talented Desley (of Addicted to Quilts) suggested I quilt a flower in the center of the star. I had originally thought that the area was too small, but when I looked at it again there was lots of room for a flower. Thanks so much Desley!! I love how the quilting is turning out. I am planning on doing a swirl in the small border and a feather design in the outer border. If you know my mom please don't tell her - I want it to be a surprise!

I find than it is even easier to quilt a large quilt than a small one because all the fabric tends to hold the quilt on the table. The apple core quilt I just finished kept falling off the table as I was quilting. I like to bunch the quilt around the sewing machine and kind of tuck it under, so that it holds itself up, but leaves the area that I am working on with room to move.

I didn't want to quilt too heavily on this quilt because it is going to be a bed quilt. I am using wool batting and I don't want to flatten it too much. Sleeping under a wool quilt is the best thing - it keeps you at just the right temperature without being heavy like cotton. I hear that silk batting is even better and I will try that on my next quilt. It is even supposed to be easier to machine quilt than wool - can't imagine.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
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