Spring Break Quilting

I’ve been thinking about blogging a lot lately—mostly out of a desire to have a place to talk about making things that isn’t just Instagram. But I also need to approach blogging in a different way than I was previously, where everything was basically focused on doing a big write up of things I had finished. It’s too narrow a focus and there’s too much pressure to be finishing things at a quick clip.

So my new experiment is this: commit to posting twice a week on set days and just write about whatever I’m working on or thinking about with whatever time I have available and whatever photos are on my phone. I’m aiming more for a creative journal space than for anything more polished or professional than that. There is every possibility that I will hate it and it won’t work. But I at least want to try it out.

I’m on Spring Break this week, which is giving me a chance to catch up on work stuff. We barely had childcare during the month of January and that meant I started the semester wildly behind, so this is my first chance to get back on even footing. But I’ve also been taking some time during the workday for extra sewing sessions. My goal for the week has been to finish up the three quilts that were laying around my sewing room in varying states of done-ness. Two of them are complete now, including one that has been in the works for a solid two years. (It was actually my first pandemic project.) I’ll share more about those later. With the third, I am about ¾ of the way through the grid quilting I’m doing.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this quilt. I changed my plan for it at the very last minute and picked an entirely new pattern and color scheme, which I stand by. The top came together quickly and easily. I had lots of issues and frustrations with ordering my backing fabric. I spray basted the quilt sandwich after seeing that recommended when backing a fabric with minky, and I regret it wholeheartedly. I’ve had to rip out multiple areas in the quilting and redo them. I wish I had just backed it with flannel.

But one of the things that I love about quilting is that the actual quilting process—sewing lines through the whole quilt sandwich—has a way of softening and blending everything. When I was quilting the vertical lines of the grid, I was full of angst over the whole thing, convinced that it was just going to look terrible. But as soon as I started quilting the horizontal lines, I felt relaxed again. Things just looked right. They just worked. It felt like it was turning out the way it was supposed to.

Before I started quilting, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what scale I should do the grid at (1.5” squares), and whether I should do a straight grid or do a diagonal grid (straight). I drew variations on the backs and fronts of multiple sheets of paper so I could more fully see what it would look like when it was done. Stuff like this can feel so ridiculous when I’m doing it, but then I get to this point with the quilting and it’s so satisfying to see that it was worth it.

4 thoughts on “Spring Break Quilting

  1. It’s a lovely quilt and I love seeing works in progress. If it helps I have used minky a couple of times as backing and have never had any issues just pinning it

    • Thanks, Helen. It’s helpful to know you haven’t had any problems pin basting minky. That’s definitely what I’ll do the next time I use minky. I got too in my head about other people’s recommendations and should have trusted the basting method I prefer!

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