I finished my modern baby quilt top this weekend. Earlier this week in class, I worked on cutting and sewing the inner border. It was somewhat challenging learning to take three measurements down the length and across the width of my WIP quilt, then cutting the average measurements, and sewing on the strips. It seemed like there were a hundred seam allowances to be aware of (perhaps I exaggerate a little!) and then I had to learn how to ease the different lengths of fabric together. But all in all it went fairly smoothly.
So this weekend my homework for class on Monday was to sew on the outer border, and that seemed like a doable task. Four seams–right? The fabric for the outer border is a Kaffe Fassett fabric, Antwerp Flowers. So far my experience with his fabrics is that they are thinner than most quilting fabric, kind of like batik fabric. Sewing the thinner fabric to my inner border along with having to ease the different lengths of fabric together (and removing a boatload of pins!) made for super SLOOOOOOOOW sewing. And when I was done, I felt like I should book a massage ASAP!
Tomorrow at class we will make the quilt sandwich, basting the quilt top to the batting and quilt back. I’m using another Kaffe Fassett fabric for the back. It is called Plink Red, and I really like it. I sure hope it doesn’t give me too much grief!
I plan to reprise the Kona Oasis (blue) fabric that is prominent on the quilt top for the binding in order to pull the front and back of the quilt together. This has been a fun project to do. I love how the same pattern can look so different depending on the fabrics used. The friend I am taking the baby quilt class with gave me permission to include a photo of her quilt top (see below). I think it is so pretty.
Linking up to Freshly Pieced: WIP Wednesday.