Friday, August 21, 2009

Joann Sets Sail Quilted

Here is Joann Sets Sail quilted and in one large piece.
For details, please read on.

Right half of quilt top, batting and backing.
I used 505 spray to hold the layers together.
I did not spray the center seam area (left side of picture), to allow me to open the layers easily later. Safety pins are holding the center seam area together.

Batting and backing trimmed, leaving an inch or two of excess on the edges.

Quarter inch masking tape marks the boundary for the quilting.
I'll leave the quilt's center area (left of the tape) unquilted for now.
The crooked boundary is to fool the eye later, hopefully blending
the left, middle and right quilted areas together into one big whole.

Freemotion quilted with loop de loops and sailboats

Close-up of the back. Can you see the sailboats?

Next fold back the right side's batting over the seam, keeping the right side's backing out of the way. There will be quite an overlap here. Carefully trim the batting even with the left side's backing so the edges just meet. Be delicate with the scissors, so the quilt top or backing doesn't get cut.

I just discovered this tape last week. It's WashAway Wonder Tape by Dritz.
One quarter inch wide, double sided, water-soluble and won't gum up needles.
I'm giving it a try for the next step instead of using pins.

Place the Wonder Tape at the edge of the left side's quilt back.

Bring the right side's backing toward the tape, turn the backing under a quarter of an inch, and lay it on the tape. No pins! Take your time with this to make it smooth.

Here is the front of the quilt, all ready for the final quilting. I rolled up the right side of the quilt as much as possible, and pinned the roll. We'll see how that works out.

Here's what the center looks like after the quilting. I'm not entirely happy with the result. There are gaps where the quilting did not cross the center seam. The seam is holding now, but once the quilt is washed, the tape will dissolve and the seam will gape open, exposing the interior of the quilt, fraying, etc. My solution: I did a wide curvy zigzag over the seam. The seam is stable now, and won't fall apart after washing. I can barely see it on the back
or on the front, and I know it's there!

The curvy zigzag is barely visible...except on the blue border. Oh, well...

Close-up of the center area

Center area back

And once more, Joann Sets Sail--quilted

Next, I'll attach wide borders in burgundy, apply binding, and it'll be done!
Fold one side (I chose the left) of batting/backing over the just-sewn seam. The edge of the batting/backing should overlap or cover the seam.

Carefully press the seam open. Turn the quilt over and press the right side,
as well, to make sure the seam is flat.

Next, join the halves together at the quilt's center seams. Trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top's center edges. Fold back the batting and backing away from the quilt top, using safety pins to keep in place. Sew the quilt top halves together
(no batting or backing in the seam, please).

Close-up of the back side of left half
Back of the quilt. Note the unquilted area on the left, to be addressed later.

Left half quilted previously

1 comment:

  1. I think I could use some of that wash away wonder tape! Another tool for my "creative" sewing!


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