Before we start talking about sandwiches and quilting, I thought I would show you the completed top, as modeled here by my lovely assistant.
I am very pleased with how it's turned out. It should be an excellent quilt for tummy time with Baby Boy. Lots of interaction and learning to be done on here!
Given that this is going to be the "go-everywhere-do-everything" blankie, I decided to keep the insides durable but trim.
Thus I sandwiched it with an ugly 1980's piece of jersey in the middle. And on the back I have a cutie rocket ship flannel, also with the idea that it might entertain a little boy.
I am of the mind that what I put in the centre of the quilt should be about what it's going to be used for. This will hopefully be dragged all over the countryside, to the park, in the car, everywhere. Thus it shouldn't be too bulk and definitely washable to the max.
I know. Purists everywhere are cringing. Meh. My baby, my quilt, my decision. As it should be yours when it comes time.
Okay, next step. Find a thread that's going to blend in the way you want it to, or stand out the way you want it to. I picked a variegated colour that changes along the way but isn't too noticeable. I want more of the fabric to stand out.
You can see here that I ran it across several fabrics to see if I would like the subtle effect of the thread colour. I'm good with this one in gold/brown tones.
Now you get to decide what kind of pattern you want for the quilting. For this one, I didn't want anything too busy to interfere with the fabrics. I chose a modified Grecian key.
I pulled out my marking pencils (you use whatever marking device works for you) and I started free-hand lines. I prefer the relaxed look of free-hand work, even on a very boxy kind of quilt like this one.
To see the effect up close, take a look at this guitar block.
Enough lines to keep the fabric in place, but not so many that it plays havoc with the eyes.
So repeat this process until all your blocks and the whole quilt has been quilted. This size blanket and this simple pattern took me the better part of a Saturday - about 7am to 2pm. It's a big job but it's also the part that finishes the look so should be given it's due attention and time.
Oh, and my favourite part of the quilting process? Having an A-1 assistant like Sailor to help!
Happy quilting, M