Remember the Planes Trains and Automobilies
quilt I was working on using my Simply Squares
pattern? Yes, it feels like it was eons ago that I started this, but its finally finished! This quilt will be going to my co-worker and friend's son who is almost 2. I was told he loves anything with wheels, so I used a bunch of "boy" fabrics, with cars, trucks, planes, wheels, etc. mixed with some bright bold polka dots.
I hit quite a few bumps along the way, that had me tempted to scrap the whole quilt and start over, but I pushed through and finished. I think my troubles mainly came from poor basting. This was my second attempt at pin basting my quilt sandwich together, the first being my value quilt
, and unlike the successful first attempt, this second attempt was not so good. I swear, it looked nice and tight when everything was taped to the floor, I was even impressed with myself, but once I started quilting, it became apparent that there were issues. The back of the quilt looks great! No puckering or pulls anywhere, its the top that gave me troubles. I started by quilting 1/4 inch on either side of the horizontal rows, and then when I went to quilt 1/4 inch on either side of the vertical columns, I kept getting little puckers where my seams intersected, like I didnt baste the top tight enough. This was so frustrating. I decided to go ahead and finish it, and after washing, you can barely tell something is wrong, but I know its there. Argh.
Anyways, what are your secrets to successful basting??
The finished quilt measures 50 inches square, a perfect play size little boy quilt!
I really like the back of this quilt, the bold primary colors just scream "boy" to me, and I think it shows of the (non-puckery) quilting very nicely.
Feel free to give this quilt pattern a try, and let me know if you do! I'd love to see it!
As for whats up next, I will be a bag making machine for the next few days!! I have a few orders for some close friends and family to do, and I still have a few Christmas presents to whip up...stay tuned for a Christmas present extravaganza!