As I mentioned, this Library Stacks quilt is the largest one I’ve made to date. So large that I couldn’t work on it at my regular sewing desk. No, this puppy needed the kitchen table. Because of this fact I had to put it away for a while until I had a few solid days to work on it (I didn’t want to be hauling everything back and forth for just a few hours of sewing every now and then). This past weekend was the perfect opportunity.
In the past I’ve always just used the polyester batting from Michaels, but this time I decided to order a cotton/poly blend batting from Connecting Threads. My piecing wasn’t 100% accurate on the quilt top so I didn’t preshrink the batting – I’m hoping the resulting crinkling will help disguise my slightly off stitching.
Prepping the quilt sandwich is always a bit of an ordeal, I don’t really have that much clear floorspace. I always make the quilt back and bating a few inches larger all around and then trim it down once the quilting is done.
Next I have to set myself up at the kitchen table. This is the most difficult part because I don’t have the proper ergonomic set up for quilting anything this large – why would I, when I only quilt blankets every other year or so? I can only work on this for a short stretch of time before needing to take a break, which means the whole process takes a lot longer than it needs to.
When I’m quilting I usually stitch loops, but as luck would have it the night before I meant to start this I was browsing on Pinterest and saw some wavy-lined quilts. I really liked the look, it reminded me of the way pages of well-loved books start to expand. The fact that stitching wavy lines is much faster than my usual loops didn’t hurt either.
Because the batting is predominantly cotton it shrinks a little in the wash, giving the whole thing a nice worn in look.
And of course, the back of the quilt highlights my favourite fabric.