Monday, September 30, 2013
Done!!! Monkey baby quilt
I'm so excited to have my monkey baby quilt completed and will be even more excited when my grandson gets to roll around on it! :) So here's more than a few pictures, it feels so incredibly soft, there's a few areas I didn't over quilt because I wanted to maintain a soft texture, but I guess that was unnecessary because it feels just wonderful all over! Measures ~60 x70, minky backing, poly batting. What I really want to talk about is the thread I used. Lately in the blogging universe, everyone is talking about Glide thread by Fil-Tec, with all the wonderful comments from so many spectacular quilters I took the plunge and bought several cones and bobbins. But for the life of me and my fussy longarm, the tension was never quite right, the thread had a tendency to unravel and shred. At first I adjusted tension, then changed needles, ironically I got less shredding with a 16 vs the 18, which didn't make sense but I went with it. I was never really pleased with how it stitched. During the Wisconsin Quilt Expo, I stopped by the Superior Thread Company's booth and saw Dr Bob Purcell, self appointed master of threadology and asked why my Glide thread wasn't working well. I believe he was more than a little pleased to hear this and he instructed me to take another look at tension. However, sensing my frustration he also offered me an opportunity to use the new line of thread - Magnifico and allowed me to pick any color cone for FREE! This is the thread I used on the monkey quilt and WOW!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! this thread. Tensioning was easy, thread looks beautiful (shiny trilobal) no shredding, fraying, unraveling. I've always loved the So Fine and now Magnifico will be my go to thread! Thank You Dr Bob! :)
The next two pictures are just a little thing I made from a panel print. I sewed the panel and minky, right sides together (leaving a space to turn right side out). Spray basted a poly bat to the wrong side of the panel, turned it right side out. and did a quick quilt over it. Took me 2 hours from start to finish. I really didn't put any thought into the quilting, just put my machine on 30% and let her rip! Which explains the random quilt pattern, going fast you should always know where your going next and sometimes I didn't! Measures about 30 x 36 and will be very useful during Wisconsin winters!