It's hard to know just where to start after not blogging here on this site for so many months, so I'll start with one of my designs.
This is what I call my WI Bucky Badger Quilt. It's the coziest quilt I have EVER made! Here's how I did it. Actually, it was by accident...
After I sandwiched the top, batting and backing I stitched in the ditch with with wide zigzag on all the seams. This created strength, weight and durability. What it also created was laziness. I just quilted along, watching a movie on my tv in the craft room smiling to myself at how wonderful this quilt was going to look...until it became too heavy and I had to move it around my worktable. Then, it happened to slide off onto the floor. That's when I noticed it! I had the backing flipped back almost halfway across the back upside-down and I had been quilting over and over the backward fold all afternoon! AUGH! I was heartbroken. I loved my Bucky quilt! What was I going to do? I finished the zigzagging and folded it up on my cutting table to think of a way to remedy the situation.
A couple of days later, I saw that JoAnn was having a 60% off fleece sale. I wondered...could I put fleece over that horrendous backing and then simply tie with embroidery thread at the corners of the blocks? Hmm..
I went to the store, bought two yards home to match the front. I forgot that I didn't measure the width of the quilt before I went shopping, which caused great anxiety on the way home, but as it worked out I only had to trim about an inch off of each side to fit the fleece perfectly. So, then I matched up the fleece to the quilt, tied little knots at the block corners and segments all around and then bound it with black binding.
How wonderful this is! I went out and bought more fleece and constructed a quilt just like it for him. Since it had been quilted already in the ditch, I basically have a quilt with an "extra" layer of snuggle!
Mancave and I fight over it every night when we watch tv! I will say, you should try this idea! You'll be glad you did-especially with the cold winter ahead! It would be a great Christmas idea!
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