My boys [and 15 year old daughter] all went to their first day of school Tuesday :)
....my first day alone (for more than an hour or two) in more than 20 years!
I tried to break one of my rules and not get dressed.
I cleaned up the house.
...I lasted in my jammies until about 10 when I couldn't stand it anymore.
I showered, got dressed and got to sewing :)
First off, I needed to make the back for the Top Secret Quilt. Hmmmmmm... I knew that I needed a MineCraft Creeper on the back.
|This is a MineCraft Creeper|
I knew that I had NO $$$ to go buy more minky. What ever shall I do? So, I just did what every self respecting fabric stashing cheap-skate would do, hit the scrap pile! I found 3 pieces of minky that fit perfectly on the back and the colors were perfect too :) Yippee for me!!!
So the next problem to be surmounted was how to affix the Creeper face to the back. I decided to just applique it with a wide zig zag stitch. It's not great, but it's on :)
The center minky is spring green with white polka dots and a creeper face :) The left panel is cream minky and the right panel is pale yellow.
Now the big dilemma was how to baste the Top Secret Quilt. Should I get brave and try using the 405 spray? And, how would the spray basting work with minky on the back? How do I do it with minky backing vs. regular quilting fabric? I looked all over blogland and didn't see any thing :( So, I just put on my big girl panties and went with my gut.
I decided to pin the minky to the carpet just like I do when I pin baste.
Once the back was pinned to the carpet, taut but not stretched, I got the beach towels out and bordered the quilt with them to protect the carpet from over spray. I also opened all of the doors and windows because everyone on line said the fumes are horrible (I didn't think they stunk at all).
Next I laid the batting on the back, smoothed it down and then spray basted the batting down, one side at time and a little section at a time, starting in the center. Then I did the same thing with the top of the quilt; smoothed it, sprayed it a section at a time. It worked BEAUTIFULLY! I think I may have used WAY too much spray, but the quilt sandwich is secure :)
Now for the quilting. What fmq pattern to use?
I settled on what I call "pixelated" fmq.
It looks like an old 8 bit video game :)
The spray basting held everything together PERFECTLY!!
No puckers anywhere!!!
Of course, my name, the year and my daughters name is hidden in the quilting :)
Here is the quilt all ready for binding tomorrow!
I am off to bed with DH :)