Finally, something for the man who bought me my beloved sewing machine for my birthday…last May. – a quilt for my husband!
I can’t say I’m overly thrilled with how the quilt itself looks (I’m not a huge fan of how the pattern and fabric combinations turned out) BUT I’m thrilled with the fact that I successfully completed my first large project and I really amped up my sewing skills in the process.
The fabric collection I used is called “Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare” for modafabrics.com. I purchased it at a local quilt shop. My husband doesn’t boat or fish but he likes blue and it was the most masculine collection I could find!
Quilts are traditionally backed with cotton but for the extra comfort (and challenge), I backed this quilt with super soft swirly fur fabric AND inserted a layer of batting in-between. My hubby is tall so I also made this quilt extra long to cover his toes when he’s reclined on the couch. (How ridiculous did that just sound?! haha.)
At times, I felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of fabric everywhere! It was heavy too! Using a walking foot helped to sew all the layers of the “quilt sandwich” together. (My walking foot came with the machine but you can purchase them separately.)
For the binding I used a technique explained in a previous post that involves Elmer’s Glue and a hot iron. I wasn’t sure if this technique would work with the fur fabric but it worked like a charm! As you can see from the final picture, I was able to machine stitch the binding to the quilt without the use of any pins – it’s magical! Feel free to learn more about it here.
I learned a lot with this project and more importantly, my husband loved it.