And here she is!
This quilt is called Crazy, not because my daughter is crazy! No, crazy because the patchwork technique used to make the blocks is called crazy patchwork – one of my favs because you get to use up all your scraps.
This was a first for me using basting spray, and I have to say it made the quilting of this large quilt much, much easier under a conventional machine.
|I quilted diagonal lines through the blocks & wavy lines through the sashing.|
A few down sides to using it are:
1. It’s not cheap at £7 a can (& I used 2/3 can on this baby)
2. My LQS told me to spray a section at a time and iron the quilt top down on to it as you go (& same again for the back). Tricky enough with a large piece on a small ironing board and not letting bubbles of fabric appear. But made more tricky if you have a hairy, thread covered carpet like mine, as the large quilt, drapped over the ironing board somehow managed to pick up lots of extra threads which I was forever picking out of the spray glue!
Note to self: Hoover carpet before spray basting, and don’t start it at 10.30pm at night when you need a bit of muscle power to work with it!
Apart from that, I would definitely recommend spray basting quilts, especially larger pieces. You get a slight stiffness to the quilt, which is what makes it easier to quilt, but then you MUST wash the quilt afterwards (I’m not a huge fan of the ‘wrinkly goodness’ look to washed quilts I’m afraid, but no biggy for the benefits of easier quilting!).
So I guess I can now remove the Crazy Scrappy Quilt-a-Long button from Aneela I’ve had on my sidebar since April!
Job done, lovely quilt, happy daughter (who’s really not crazy!).
Quilt dimensions: Finished size 50″ x 70″
Block size 11″ x 11″