Making Some Progress

I am feeling really good right now. I just finished ironing the final border on the second of two quilts I am making for the boys of one of our friends (hereafter referred to as Fred).

flimsy quilt top pinwheels

I tried to take these outside for pictures but it is way too windy. Even just laying it on the ground didn’t work because the wind kept blowing up the edges. You should’ve seen me racing around trying to shoot the camera before the wind swept up the edges or corners. Frustrating for me, but probably pretty entertaining for the neighbors….

Pinwheels, quilt flimsy

The pinwheel blocks were fun to make but a little time consuming because of all the squaring and trimming I did. I am glad I took the time to do that though – it really made the blocks fit together nicely.

This design is not my own. I found a picture on Pinterest and used that as a guide. There wasn’t a designer or tutorial that I could find, but I appreciate whoever pinned the original photo.

Fred is from the New England area and on his last visit there purchased a nice blue fleece he wants used as the backing. It’s a nice fabric, but feels as if there is a bit of stretch to it. Have you quilted anything using fleece, and if you have, is there anything I should be aware of? I love the look of these tops and don’t want to mess them up during the quilting stage.

Flimsy Pinwheel quilt blocks

This shot makes the bottom border look wider than the other borders, but they are all cut at 8-1/2″ to finish at 8″.ย  I hope to start basting these tonight and would love to hear any advice you might have for working with the fleece.

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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9 Responses to Making Some Progress

  1. soma1773 says:

    Nice work, Beth!! Haha! I often wonder too what the neighbours are thinking when I am taking photos of my quilts ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Kate says:

    Fun quilt. Love the bold black, red and white. I don’t do my own quilting, so I’m no help with the flannel backing.

  3. Susan says:

    I don’t have fleece experience. Flannel is stretchy enough for me! I would echo the sentiment to baste it a lot and then add some more! Good luck with that part. I love the top, so I’m sure Fred will, too. Too bad you couldn’t have talked to him before he bought that for a backing!

  4. fancyfootfarm says:

    Turned out great Beth! I really love that pinwheel block. As for the fleece, never tried it – sorry. Flannel and Minky cause all kinds of naughty words to be said over here. I don’t think I’m up for fleece.

  5. It was wonderful of you to entertainthe neighbors ๐Ÿ˜‰ That quilt is great – what fun with the team fabrics!!

  6. Jasmine says:

    What an awesome quilt top. You did great putting it together. I don’t have experience with fleece, but in my experience with minky, I have found that batting can be a great stabilizer to keep it from stretching too much. Be very careful when you baste it, because fleece and batting will relax if it was stretched and can create puckers. I suggest you create a practice sandwich and try it out.

  7. Anne Beier says:

    Great job on the pinwheels. I had a very heavy quilt top with a lot of applique. Different than fleece, but my machine even with a wide neck couldn’t handle it. That was the only time I had a professional baste it and machine quilt it. You may want to consider that. I like doing the whole quilt, but after back surgery, I decided to let the professional long armer I used for the quilt mentioned above to just baste it on her machine. It was worth it. If you want her information, I could send it to you, or check with Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts. She is a long armer with a lot of varied experience. She is so nice, and it’s definitely worth asking her. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

  8. I don’t have any experience working with fleece, and I hope you get some good advice! If nothing else, baste it really densely and go slow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lisa says:

    This is a very nice bold quilt. I sometimes wonder what my neighbours think about me as well. I had my own adventures with photography this week.

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