Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Handprint Quilt continued

I received the new handprints and got all of the top layer stitched together yesterday.

The next step is to make a quilt sandwich. The first layer down is the back, then the batting, and finally the top. With another mom's help we got the quilt sandwich pinned together quickly.

I planned to use my big quilting sewing machine to do free motion quilting. I often need to re-familiarize myself with it as I don't use it regularly. After changing the needle and cleaning and oiling the bobbin compartment, it was ready to go. Fortunately, the machine worked great!  Here's a little video of me doing the free motion quilting. It's like doodling on fabric.

Here's a close up of one of the hand prints quilted. As I worked, I read each name and and was thinking of each child and also of course of their teacher.

After quilting the layers together, I sewed on the binding.  I used a narrower 2.25" binding.

The final step is to hand sew the other side of the binding to the back side of the quilt.  It's almost done!

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