Well I gave myself a goal and I’m sooo happy that I was able to meet it. I set out to make this quilt for my husband for Father’s Day yesterday and I was actually able to pull it off. It all started with my bundle from The Fat Quarter Shop and I just went from there. I added more of the deep saturated colors like Navy, Brown, and a slew of Anna Maria Horner Fabrics that never seemed to have a home in other quilts I made.
The quilt measures somewhere about 60″ x 85″….not the biggest quilt I’ve ever made, but a very generous “lap” quilt. My husband is 6’2″ and I knew he would need a longer quilt to really snuggle with this.
I did the quilting on my Janome Horizon, a simple free motion stipple design. Which turned out to be a big pain in my a$$ because my machine and I were not on speaking terms that day. Always seems to happen when you are on a deadline. She wanted to be babied and cleaned out before anything could happen. Cue 2 hours later…. finally was able to *start* quilting. And then of course my back flipped over on itself over and over resulting in a lot of time between myself and my seam ripper. Just keeping it real here.
A fair amount of my troubles with the quilting stemmed from the fact that I used a poly batting with this quilt (that’s the only kind my husband likes. He’s been telling me for YEARS. lol) and the spray basting. The two don’t seem to mix too well. I actually do like poly batting for the loft it gives but heck if I don’t like working with it for free motion quilting. Trying to figure out if it would have been simpler to do straight line stitching. Ah well. Live and learn.
The whole quilt is backed in Katie Jump Rope dots and bound with a new fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics available at Joanns (its so nice to be able to see fabrics IN PERSON before buying them by the way). Over all the whole quilt is pretty but still masculine enough to suit both my tastes and my husband’s.
And look! He was even helpful enough to hold up the quilt for me to photograph today. He assures me that he was both surprised and loves it. Time will tell if it gets used enough! Right now it’s living on our sofa and has been in good use for the last couple days.