Sunday, December 18, 2011

2 Quilts Finished Today!

I spent part of the day finishing up a couple of my quilts that I'm giving as Christmas presents.

The first one is one I made with Countdown To Christmas by Sweetwater.  I think the pattern is called the 1600 quilt..... 

I machine quilted it, just straight-ish lines down the middle of each strip with red thread.  The material that I used for the backing kept stretching on my and annoying the crap out of me.  When I was finished quilting it, it was puckering soo badly on the back, and then I noticed a spot on the front that was puckering pretty much, too.  UGH!!! 

At that point I decided to suck it up and just keep going.  I used the Polka Dot fabric from this line for the binding and it really was the perfect material from the line to use.  After I had the binding on it, I washed it (In cold water with a bunch of salt added to it to help keep the colors from running....) and then I dried it.  And when I took it out of the dryer, I fell in love with it!  It's perfect.  The material shrunk up just enough that the puckers I saw are now just part of the lovely quilty crinkliness.....  mmm...   Yep!  The quilt is perfect and I love it!!!

I hurried up and wrote on it just to make sure I DO give it to the intended recipient!! 

The second quilt I finished was the t-shirt quilt for #1 son.  It turned out wonderfully, too!  And I love it and I hope he's surprised and loves it as much as I do. 

It came out of the dryer with wonderful crinkliness, too.  I really didn't think it would, since it is made out of
t-shirts, but it did!! I used black flannel for the binding.  It's wonderful!!! 

So - - I don't think my Counting Christmas Candy is going to be done for Christmas.  The fabric I'm using between my blocks is the same kinda stretchy fabric I used on the back of the first quilt in this post.  And it's making my rows wonky........... so I'm going to be unstitching and restitching........  Oh, joy!!  I'm off work between Christmas and New Year's so.... maybe I'll get it done that week........

Have a wonderful Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

I'm linking here:

Fresh Poppy Design


  1. That 1600 quilt looks so perfect for sitting by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. What a wonderful gift for your son, too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That striped quilt is gorgeous! Did you figure out why the thread was puckering while quilting? That has happened to me before too....Great job!

  3. Thank you for stopping by, piece peace and kt!

    I think the bakc was puckering because the backing fabric had some stretch to it. When I washed it, the puckering was how it should be with a freshly washed quilt!!

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  4. ooohhh that straight line quilt is gorgeous - on my someday list. I have never heard of salt in the washer before - it works huh? xo


I love comments! I always try to reply back!