Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27

Thread: How to finish quilt started by mom??

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    354
    Ok ya'll, got another little "dilemma" for ya that needs advice. Today my mom gave me a crib-size quilt she started for my grandson a year ago and told me it just needs the binding finished. Well, she does have half the binding done. Problem is she makes beautiful tops but when it comes to the sandwiching, quilting and binding it's ... well.... it just doesn't hold up well for actual use. I am so perplexed as to what I should do with it. It has chenille and flannel on the top, muslin for backing and a very thick batting. I am sure it's the high-loft poly-cotton stuff from wally world. It has only been SITD and edges serged. She rolled all 3 layers over an inch to the back and that was how she was doing the binding. The front has very large areas that are very floppy and loose as there is no quilting other than SITD of the piecing seams. I really want to make this as special as she intended for her first and only GGS but don't want to take away from her "style" either. How can I make this more sturdy and it still be her gift to him? I did already undo the binding she started as it was very thick and uneven. Trimmed up batting and backing to do a front-to-back binding on it which reduced the bulk a ton and makes it look a lot better.
    Was thinking of maybe some tiny tacking here and there to secure the layers a bit more..? I don't know, what would you do in this situation? I am gonna make a label for the back that has her as the maker and quilter, as it is hers afterall.

    Ugh! Just noticed that some dummy( :oops: ) still don't know how to get the right date on the camera. LoL

    Front of quilt
    Name:  Attachment-188316.jpe
Views: 22
Size:  39.4 KB

    Back showing the quilting she did
    Name:  Attachment-188317.jpe
Views: 16
Size:  25.5 KB

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    123
    Blog Entries
    9
    how about stipling or miandering(sp?)in the large areas

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    354
    Quote Originally Posted by mexmmh43
    how about stipling or miandering(sp?)in the large areas
    She did not baste it very well, just layered and pinned a few pins then stitched it. So there is way too much play in the top to do any type of close quilting. Would have a ton of puckers and loads of pleats. Unless I took it all apart and redid the whole thing. :(
    But that was my first thought too.

  4. #4
    Super Member lindyline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    sunbury victoria australia
    Posts
    2,599
    As it's for a boy, and it really reminds me of hills and meadows, speak to mum about adding some animals or a tractor, and securing it with them.

  5. #5
    Super Member jemma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    adelaide /australia
    Posts
    1,394
    could you follow the lines 2 inches away--would not be as obviously added

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    354
    Quote Originally Posted by lindyline
    As it's for a boy, and it really reminds me of hills and meadows, speak to mum about adding some animals or a tractor, and securing it with them.
    Now see, I didn't even think about adding applique to it. He is totally into turtles and cars. Oh and kitties! LoL May have to see what she thinks about that idea. Keep 'em coming, I really appreciate it.

  7. #7
    Super Member lindyline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    sunbury victoria australia
    Posts
    2,599
    If he's totally into cars, then farm machinery can be made biggish, and there's lots of choice. Or trucks, make some roads following the lines already there.
    Lots of possibilities. Good luck and let us see how it turns out.

  8. #8
    Senior Member quilticing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Lake City, MI
    Posts
    579
    Maybe a kite, frog, snake applique?

  9. #9
    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,958
    Quote Originally Posted by lindyline
    As it's for a boy, and it really reminds me of hills and meadows, speak to mum about adding some animals or a tractor, and securing it with them.
    I agree. You might even be able to add some quilting like 1.5 -2.0" apart following the curves to give it some definition.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,576
    It's the thought that counts.

  11. #11
    Super Member carolaug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Behind my sewing machine
    Posts
    7,207
    Blog Entries
    4
    It realy does not look bad...I sorta like it. It will also shrink in the wash and dyer. Machine bind it so that it will hold well. I have made one once will a small amount of sewing/quilting in the middle and once washed looked good. I did iron on a few butterflies.

  12. #12
    Super Member ranger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Eastern Canada
    Posts
    3,613
    Blog Entries
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    It realy does not look bad...I sorta like it. It will also shrink in the wash and dyer. Machine bind it so that it will hold well.
    I agree.

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Alturas, CA
    Posts
    8,403
    You could also tie in between the quilting.

  14. #14
    Senior Member cowpie2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    St. Paul, MN
    Posts
    517
    I would either tie in the loose spots or machine tie. If you use colors that coordinate with the quilt it isn't really noticeable and will make the quilt more long lasting.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    466
    I personally would leave it as it is, to avoid any chance of hurting her feelings. It is her gift to her grandson, and he's likely to grow up faster than the quilt will fall apart. I'm sure you have other quilts for him, so make this one have a special use so it doesn't get handled constantly, like keeping it with the stroller, or only in the playpen, etc.

  16. #16
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    I'm with the above poster.
    She made it and that's what matters :)

  17. #17
    Super Member tutt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    1,040
    I see some kind of applique, maybe a house and car going to granny's house.

  18. #18
    Super Member carolaug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Behind my sewing machine
    Posts
    7,207
    Blog Entries
    4
    The more I look at it the more I like it,..I would just machine sew the binding, wash and use..when I look at my first quilts I can see all of the little things that I did wrong...I gave them as gifts...I have had to repair a few. Bindings...yuk....anyways noone complained even though they may not have thought they were that great...I thought they were until I made more...LOL...I think its awesome that she made your child a quilt. My boys have even asked me to make a few more for them...it has help encouraged me and do more. I have improved so much over the last few months...My first quilt I made or any sewing was in Sept. I have my first one hanging on my wall...I need to make a new one...that one was awesome when I first made it but now looks like a child made it...

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,726
    She maybe wanted it to be thick and fluffy. Some people like this look.

    If it is for a boy, I would add a tractor in the field and then make a couple of lines that follow the stitching on the quilt to be rows of crops.

    But first - I'd ask mom if it would be okay to do this. Tell her how much you like it but you wanted to add something really special so he could use it longer. Not so babyish.

  20. #20
    Super Member mimom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    chesterfield, mi
    Posts
    1,620
    you could always stitch something in those larger areas like maybe a sailboat in the blues, a sea turtle and some sea shells in the tan and maybe a light house in the other. Applique would change the look of the quilt which would work, but you sounded like you didn't want to take away from what she was trying to do.

  21. #21
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,394
    It is a pretty quilt, and made with love. I like the idea of ties in the open areas.

  22. #22
    Power Poster MamaBear61's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Milverton, ON, Canada
    Posts
    13,231
    I like the idea of adding appliqued things to the "hills" since it really does look like a landscape to me.

  23. #23
    Super Member lynnsim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,506
    I think the appliques sound really neat. However, if you want this to be your mom's quilt, I would just do the binding and maybe add a few hand stitches to keep the batting from bunching. And the label, of course.

  24. #24
    Super Member shawnemily's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ilion, NY
    Posts
    1,418
    Quote Originally Posted by lindyline
    As it's for a boy, and it really reminds me of hills and meadows, speak to mum about adding some animals or a tractor, and securing it with them.
    GREAT Idea Linda!!!

  25. #25
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,797
    Quote Originally Posted by MZStitch
    I personally would leave it as it is, to avoid any chance of hurting her feelings. It is her gift to her grandson, and he's likely to grow up faster than the quilt will fall apart. I'm sure you have other quilts for him, so make this one have a special use so it doesn't get handled constantly, like keeping it with the stroller, or only in the playpen, etc.
    Ditto ... This is her quilt as his GGM. Her style and her love is what it's all about.

    If you start adding to it, I think you just may be multiplying the problems. And taking away from the simplicity of what she chose.

    Less is More ... and this is where recognizing it, and binding it, is all that is needed!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.