Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wrestling advice needed!

I think I got a little carried away making the blocks for my Chocolate Box quilt. Today I finally sewed on the borders and noticed that it turned out a little on the large side. (No kidding!) The quilt now measures 75 x 91!

Here it is in all it's glory, notice the bottom border dragging on the floor.

I didn't plan to use this quilt as a bed quilt but just to stay warm on the couch during a nap or watching a movie. I like to pull a quilt up under my chin and still have it tucked under my feet. And I really hate it when I roll over and feel a draft on my backside! Coverage is important in this family.

Back to the quilt - First it didn't seem long enough so I added a few rows. Then it seemed too narrow so I added two columns. Sigh. Now its a large twin, so large that the polyester batting I bought for it earlier is three inches too narrow for the quilt. Of course, I'd already opened the package before I realized it was too small. A very nice lady at my LQS gave me some of her own polyester batting scraps so I can piece the batting larger. (I usually use cotton batting and don't have any polyester.) I've never pieced batting before so I hope it looks OK when its all said and done.

When I realized how heavy the quilt top is since its foundation pieced and when I considered how large it turned out, I decided perhaps it would just be better to have the quilt professionally machine quilted. So I called up my machine quilter and she told me she's booked through April! I really don't want to wait that long so it looks like I'm going to have to wrestle that Anaconda afterall! Any advice from other wrestlers out there?!?


Béa said...

Wonderful finish, I love it !

Janice said...

You'll be very snuggly under your quilt. It is gorgeous and doesn't red always look nice and warm.

Jackie said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I like it very much, since I am very partial to red. heeheehee. The piecing of the batting will be fine. You won't notice it after it is quilted. Can't help you on the Anaconda,only to agree that it is a wrestling match. I won't quilt anything past a wall hanging size.
Best of luck on it.

Anonymous said...

Love the quilt and the colors you used. Now I really what to make a strip quilt. They look easy, and boy do they come out looking beautiful.

There is a video out there about using PVC pipes to help machine quilt larger quilts. I will call a friend who knows for sure and get back with you.


Marie said...

No suggestions - but I love it. I think you gave it a great name too.