MCM #20 – Touchdown!

Cheesy, I know. But let me tell you, I feel as if I’ve scored a touchdown in getting this first one quilted!

Pinwheel blocks quilt

I know you guys have seen this quilt, and I won’t keep posting pictures, promise. However, since this is the first time I’ve used fleece as a backing I did want to talk about it for a minute.

You know I was worried about the quilting because that fleece is stretchy. Several of you told me to baste the heck out of it and sew slowly and that’s exactly what I did. I had pins about every 3 inches. Yes, they were a pain to work around when I was quilting it, BUT, there were no puckers and the backing fabric stayed exactly where I wanted it. Yay!! I was worried because the back is a print and I didn’t want it to end up crooked.

Fleece Quilt Backing

At first I thought I would quilt it with a simple stitch in the ditch. I wanted to keep the quilting light so the throw would be cuddly, and I figured SITD would work. Then Susan suggested a big loopy design — and since that would be so much faster than SITD — I happily went with her suggestion!

Look at that pic up there. I used So Fine! #50 in 408 Silver and you can’t even see the thread color. It just melts into the fleece and I’m extremely happy with the way it looks. It blends beautifully on the front too.

Pinwheel Quilt front and back

I can’t even begin to explain how soft and cuddly this quilt is! I almost don’t want to let it go.  It will be so nice to wrap up in on a cold winter day. Hubby has already requested one of his own with a fleece backing.

I still have to put the binding on, but that won’t take long and then this one will be done. I need to baste and quilt the second one and then I can send them to two little boys who are anxiously waiting for these throws.

So what did I learn about using fleece as a backing?

  1. It is stretchy.  Be careful not to stretch it when basting or you will end up with a puckered top. I actually basted on top of my dining room table, which is longer than the quilt is wide. I clamped the backing to the table with some clamps from my husbands work bench. When I had the top half basted, I just moved the three layers clamping the bottom layer to the table again. I wouldn’t suggest doing this if you don’t want to scratch your table! Our table is a farmers style that has that rough look on purpose, so I didn’t worry much about scratching it.
  2. When you trim it, it is messy! Little fibers are all over the place. I stitched all around the outer border about 1/8″ from the edge before quilting. This kept everything in place while quilting, and also prevented the edges from curling when I trimmed the quilt. I also kept my vacuum nearby when I trimmed it just to suck up those fibers.
  3. It feels wonderful on the back of a quilt. I will definitely be making more with fleece, but nothing that needs heavy quilting. You want it to stay soft and cuddly.

I’m glad I had this opportunity to work with a new material. I’m also happy it has worked out so well! This quilt finished at 59″ x 74″ – the perfect size for a throw.

I want to remind you that voting is going on over at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. It’s super easy to vote and there are so many nice quilts. You can read about my entry here. I hope you’ll take a minute (really, you’ll want more than a minute) to check it out and vote!

This super snuggly, soft, and cuddly quilt is what I’m crushing on this week. How about you? I would love to see what has you excited and what you are working on. You can link up any blog post or Instagram pic – here’s how:

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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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10 Responses to MCM #20 – Touchdown!

  1. Brenda Spaulding says:

    Love your blog on the modern pinwheel. I have been looking all over the Internet for the pattern and a instructions for the Touchdown quilt. Would you mind either sharing the instructions with me or point me in the right place to purchase the pattern?

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  4. Lara B. says:

    Beth this is such a helpful post! I love the way your fleece quilt turned out and will be keeping your tips in mind when I sew with Minky. Those two little boys are going to LOVE their quilts!

  5. Oh, congratulations on successfully working with the fleece – it looks great!

  6. Jasmine says:

    You did a great job quilting this. Looks great and cuddly. One thing that would make me hesitate to use fleece for a quilt backing is the fact that after fleece gets used and washed a lot, it can ball up and not be so soft. My boys do love fleece blankets.

  7. soma1773 says:

    Thanks so much for writing that up. Now I have to try using fleece for backing. You are encouraging me to try a lot of new things, Beth! Thanks 🙂


  8. lapaylor says:

    go pats! just kidding… I don’t know anything about sports! Still…LeeAnna

  9. Anne Beier says:

    I think you just won the Superbowl with these two. Fantastic job, Beth. And the challenge of the fleece!! It looks great and no puckering. Your quilting looks great. The boys will be so toasty and comfortable during the winter sleeping, watching TV or reading while under these.

  10. Julie Stocker says:

    Great tips today, Beth. I’ve never done minky, fleece, or brushed cotton yet. The wobbliness and fear of puckers is the thing. I definitely believe SLQ causes more problems with puckering than anything, so I would say awesome choice of FMQ.

    I think the weight you get with a heavier backing is lovely to sit under, so I suppose it’s one of those have-to-try things. In the future…


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