This looks great- can't answer the puffy question.... but isn't it supposed to?
What is this a part of? -love the sweet blue bow fabric! Is the front satin?
well I truly don't know - I mean the back doesn't look that puffy. I will inquire some more.
Well I found a mini quilt on Pippa's blog and asked her if it was ok if I tried to copy the design (luckily she's fine with it). The front is a scrap out of a big bag my mum gave me - it is shiny though and it's an ugly pink so I thought it woudl be perfect for a try out.
There are the fillers missing - veines in the leaves and in the big triangles 3 clamshells/half circles that form a pyramid with the bas on the circle line.
So perhaps the puffy will lessen with the addition of the fillers?...just guessing here...definitely not in my experience:)...but it looks like you are off to a good start.
The amount of puffy-ness could relate to how taut the fabrics are when they are basted. In a slate frame the backing is mounted and stretched, then the wadding is laid on, then the top is laid on, smoothed out and pinned.in position with a degree of tension similar to the backing.
hmm .. I gues I will just keep trying ... is it normal that the front is puffier than the back? Else I could experiment with tightening the top more than the back (somehow)
I have one small sample where the back was puffy and the front was almost completely fla, it was done in the hand and the front got pulled smoother than the back during working - I personally prefer to have the puffyness on the front, but that is me.
so it is sort of normal to have it a bit puffier on one side? I really have no idea and books don't tell things like that (same as they don't tell you that's ok that the stitches at the back are a bit smaller than those on the front)
I would say that the amount of puffiness depends upon the tension of the back and front fabrics and also upon what sort of wadding is inside. None of them are particularly wrong, but I would suggest that trying to have a similar amount of puffiness on both sides, because if one side is extreme, after a while the wadding will flatten out and then creases will appear in the surplus fabric, which in turn will then weak spots for wear (thinking in decades here). A lot depends upon what look you like and understanding how it happens so you can apply it or not as you wish (who is in charge - you or the fabric lol!)
haha good question - I will be in charge in 5 or 10 years .. that seems realistic ..
I hate using frames and since I tend to work in my lap, I tend to make a "bowl" shape which results in puffier on the back, but being aware of this helps me remember to try to keep my work flat as I go. This post is reminding me to use a hoop next time. I love the satin!
Chandra you could try placing a large book on your lap so you are working on a flatter surface.
Neat idea! I actually got out my grandmother's hoop this week because my machine is in the shop and I need to finish a guild challenge. I am getting more comfortable moving it around and not leaving the quilt in it whenever I'm not stitching, which seems to make a big difference.
Strandkorbtraum Remember....there are no rules, only guidelines! If you like if puffy, be happy with it! I like the puffiness. Look at all the GOOD things you did!