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M's Quilt

It's only 22 x 29 inches but its done!

Nothing like hanging a quilt on the clothesline to cause the wind to start gusting.  Luckily it calmed down and I got a better picture.

Small quilts are for experimenting.  The squares are flannel and came from a charm pack that's been sitting around for a while.  I lost the label so I don't know who made them.  The rest of the fabric is quilters cotton.  I've never tried mixing the two before.

The rectangles are all Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and came pre-cut to 2 1/2 by 5 inches.  I have one flannel square left over and I used all of the Bliss.  There are 2 small pink squares I had to add.  I also had to find a binding fabric that looked good with the rest of the fabric.

I had no problems blending flannel and cotton in one quilt.  The flannel feels luxuriously soft compared to the other fabrics.  I also like the combination of the darker flannels and the pastel prints.

The other experimenting I did was on the quilting.  I've heard of using a printed backing fabric as a quilt guide so that's what I did.  It worked, but it was weird.  I had to baste it upside down and put the main thread in the bobbin.  I'm not sure I like quilting that way.  But I like the results from the back.

The pattern wasn't even so I had to add stippling and there wasn't much room to stipple - I kept getting caught in dead ends.  I also had to be really careful because if I got a thread tangle on the back, it's really the front and had to be carefully pulled out. 

The thread I picked for the front didn't show up to well, especially in the flannel.  It just sunk into the thread.  But the quilting does show in a few places.  Here's one:

I would have never have come up with a quilting pattern like that if it wasn't printed on the back.  I have one more little quilt to quilt.  I think that one will be all stippling.  After that I have a BIG one to quilt

I hope M will like this quilt.


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