Labour of Love
Baby Sung's Finished Quilt
Closeup of the quilting
This is truly a labour of love - seemingly easy, but miles more difficult than the quilt I made for Baby Emily, Selena's daughter. The source of all my problems? The red binding going round the sides of this quilt. And to a certain extent, the additional quilting that I did on the squares.
+ I was set on having a red fabric binding - I basically copied this quilt pattern, which I really liked, particularly for the colour combination.
+ Well, the dye of the red fabric I chose ran - ALOT. I don't usually prewash my fabrics (terrible, I know, but I'm just too lazy) but I decided to in this case since baby blankets get washed a lot and you can't dryclean them. The fabric bled SO much, I tried all sorts of stuff including salt and a dye stabilizer. All in all, I think I had to wash & dry this fabric 5 times to make sure that the colour didn't run.
+ I had problems machine sewing on the binding - all the layers together got too thick, and the binding started slipping and sliding, plus I had a hard time getting the top and bottom layers to catch....nevered worked with mitred corners before, so this added to the challenge.
+Decided that I would handsew the binding on for better control - BUT what I didn't expect was that the red fabric weave was super tight - I had problems poking pins and needles through the fabric!!! And I'm not imagining things or making excuses...because my needle went through the khaki fabric adjacent to the red just fine.
+ Given that each side is 84 cm long, with 8 sides to sew (front & back) and each stitch is about 0.5 cm apart - makes a grand total of 1344 stitches. Each and every stitch was a pain...so difficult to get the needle through - and I don't own a thimble, so I now have a sore right thumb and index finger.
This quilt contains my blood and sweat, man!
I literally sweated buckets (not helped by mini heater within me, but mostly due to frustration) and droplets of my blood where I pricked my finger from all the handsewing is littered all over (camouflaged in the red fabric bits)!
But, I'm so glad that I finally finished it - the handsewing alone took me 2 days to complete!
A final shot: Here it is, hanging over the baby's crib.
My next project?
Something from this book :)