Monday, October 11, 2010

Do you use fusible web . . .

I spent the weekend working on the pink and green quilt. Kelsey helped me decide on the border fabrics. Then I decided I would add a wide border at the top to make the quilt queen size.

As I sewed, I had trouble with the borders. I was going to use the green and pink polka fabric but was short about 24 inches or the border strip. So I used one of the other green fabrics which I think ended up looking much better. Then I calculated wrong when piecing the backing fabric and had to add an extra white border around it. But, I think that turned out good also.

Then I just knew I would get the quilt sandwiched and start quilting on it tonight. But . . . no!!! I didn't have enough pins to finish pin basting it. It is such a large quilt and I knew I would be tugging it quite a bit so I put the pins pretty close together so the quilt wouldn't shift. I told my daughter it would take me about an hour to pin baste it. That was before I ran out of pins. I text her back and said that now it would take 24 hours to pin baste it. lol

I took this photo after it was laid out but before I started basting it. As for the quilting, I'm keeping it very simple so it stays soft and cuddly.

I am excited and ready to start quilting it. Hopefully the local Wal-mart will still carry the curved pins I need to finish basting. I'm going to try to remember to stop by on the way to school tomorrow so I can get busy right after school tomorrow evening. After my daily walk, of course. (Boy, it makes a difference in how I feel.)

I have another applique project I'm getting ready to start. So, tell me . . . Do you use fusible web when you applique?

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!


  1. Vivian, that quilt is absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to make one. What a wonderful turn out and it isn't even quilted. I can't wait to see it.
    I always use fusible web. I love it. I always trim out the inside of the shape though. I end up with a more flexable shape to quilt or blanket stitch that way. I end up with only about a 1/4 in of fusible around the edge. I think it makes a better end result. Good luck with the quilting. Make sure to post some pics soon. I am excited to see how it goes. Have a good night.

  2. That is a beautiful quilt. So soft, and pretty, and feminine. I use fusible web. Heat and Bond light is what I use, and I've never had trouble with it. It gets a really good bind, without being stiff.

  3. This is a beautiful quilt. Congratulations! I had to smile when I read about the mishaps and changes along the way. We have all been there. And isn't it good that they sometimes turn out for the better?
    I use fusible web for applique, too, except when I am crazy enough to do needle turn.
    Good luck with the quilting.

  4. Really lovely. Wonderful way to use flower prints.

  5. the quilt is looking great - don't you hate it when you keep running into problems!

  6. Gwynette in NW ArkansasOctober 12, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Vivian, it is lovely!!! I think the pink and green gives it such a feminine look and the recipient is a very lucky person.

  7. Your quilt is looking beautiful Vivian. The colours are so good together. Thank you for sharing :)

  8. Wow Vivian it is gorgeous. Love the green in it. It is a fun quilt to make. Did you add the saw toothe edge when you put the binding on it? Great job.



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