I love your Darth Vader!
Having a son who loved these two things as a child (ok he still does;-) he would have loved this quilt! And I get the need of things to wrap oneself to stay warm in!!
These are amazing! All three of my kids (DD included) would have loved these
This is wonderful!!!! Your grandson is very lucky!
At the vermont quilt festival i saw really nice starwars fabric... It might be nice for back.
Fantastic! I may have to look into those patterns myself.
Wow! This is awesome.
Oooh! Fleece will be nice :)
Mrsquilt . I found a Star Wars fleece but it was so busy!!!! I decided on a plain tan. Have you ever backed a quilt with fleece? I haven't and I am having second thoughts about how to quilt it without distorting it by stretching. Tips would be appreciated.
I wish i could help but i've never worked with fleece. If you ask this question on the forum, someone might have experience with this. Good luck!
Oh I've done a few with fleece backing! This is my little tutorial about how I've done it: http://www.quiltingsisters.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-new-favorite-way-to-make-quilt.html
I'm no expert, but having done a few now, I would say it is good to give the fleece a very slight stretch as you lay it out and pin baste. I have always used the anti-pill fleece from Joann's, not the Blizzard fleece. Good luck!
Stitch , I read your tutorial and it seems like what I was thinking. I was wondering if doing some spray basting might eliminate any stretch while quilting.
I bought anti-pill fleece from Joann's for the backing but I think I will do regular fabric for the binding as this is another way of keeping the fleece's shape as you go around the edges. I used the fabric binding with minke and it was great for keeping the stretch under control.
I can't really think of any reason why spray basting would be a negative thing to do. Your thoughts? Nice tutorial by the way.
I am a big fan of spray basting and do that all the time with cotton backings. I don't remember my thought process at the time as to why I thought pinning might be better for fleece. I can see your point on the cotton binding, and I think it could be a successful venture to use spray basting. Are you using battng as well? Most of the time I just use fleece on the back with nothing between (makes great baby quilts). It can get heavy, so use caution when lifting, quilting, and moving the sandwich around so that nothing stretches out of place. I will be waiting to see how it all turns out!
I've done two with fleece backs and have another one ready to quilt. I used the spray basting and didn't have any problems. The fleece does behave a little differently when you're getting it all sandwiched together - it was a little harder to get it laid out flat and smooth but once I got it smoothed out, the quilting was fine. I prefer the spray for something like this because there is less chance of shifting compared to pinning
Stitch and HawkFan , thanks for your input. I will not be using batting in addition to the fleece. It will be plenty warm enough without the addition of batting. I agree with you, Stitch . HawkFan , my thoughts exactly. The spray basting should eliminate that movement while I'm quilting it. Thaks for the confirmation.
So glad I have the TB community for tossing around ideas. You are all a blessing!
What a cool quilt!
Kat , thanks. I expect my grandson to be "over the moon" when he sees it! HawkFan and Stitch , the spray basting worked great. I ironed it after spraying and laying the two layers together. Then just for good measure, I pinned and it went together with no lumps, bumps or rolls. Definitely will repeat this on other children's quilts and maybe even an adult one or two!
This is such a wonderful quilt ! I am looking forward seeing it finished, so make sure you post a pic before you give it to your 'one lucky guy of a grandson" :-)
I am sure he will be thrilled!
Marsha, this is so cute. My 35 year old son would even love this one!
I love this quilt. What a brilliant idea and adding fleece to the back just makes it so cuddly. Great job.
Thank you Rebeccajeffsmith and Seeneed. The patterns are free Rebecca so get started for next Christmas for the son!!! Seeneed. This was the first fleece/cotton quilt I have done but it won't be the last. It does feel very cuddly and since I know it quilts well, I'll do it again without hesitation.
Love the words you added! I'm so happy it turned out well with the fleece! I've got the patterns downloaded now and will get to trying them after the holidays.
Just getting caught up after being busy all weekend - so glad to hear the spray basting worked well for you. This is such an awesome gift!
Looks like he loves it! I knit an afghan for my cousin's son when he was three and a half, and he threw all his other blankets off his bed and used only mine for a couple weeks. From the pictures, I'd say you have a similar thing going on!
Siffstitch , this boy loves quilts!!! I've never known a child who is as excited as Jack is when he gets one of my quilts. Didn't it melt your heart when your cousin's son did that?
Yeah, it's a great feeling! I'm glad you've got people to appreciate your hard work as well.
Your picture says it all.
Carolmarie , thank you! He does love it and it was most definitely a work of love. (I cut part of my finger off cutting those paper-pieced pieces, actually Darth Vader.) Believe me, I've been wearing safety gloves ever since my finger healed enough to quilt again. I'm glad you got to see it. I expect he'll have that forever as he does love his Grandma's quilts.
No Carolmarie , I didn't have surgery. If I had gone to ER they probably would have wanted to do that but I went to a walk-in clinic and she handled it just fine. It took about six months for a complete healing and my finger looks a bit odd (much narrower than the other pointer finger). The rotary cutter sliced off the side of my finger from first knuckle to tip of finger. Man, did that hurt!!! Lots of nerve endings exposed, etc. but she cauterized it and it healed beautifully. However, my finger doesn't bend as well as it used to from five months being forced to stay out straight! Small inconvenience. All is well now and I'm much more careful. I do do and enjoy a lot of paper piecing. I'm always working on many things at once these days. Oh, would I prefer to go back to working and having only one project going at at time? No, I enjoy my retirement and volunteer work that gives me plenty of sewing time. Poorer and less opportunity to buy new fabric, but lots more time to sew. I guess we can't have it both ways, can we!