Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Calling all Quilters
My little girls have been getting cold at night. Ady is still in a crib and using tiny baby blankets that don't quite cover her up. So I decided yesterday to make her a blanket. A real quilt. I already had all the fabric I needed at home. I just didn't have a filling. I ended up going to IKEA and buying a fleece blanket there for $2.29 to put in the center.
I cut out all the pieces and sewed them up during the day and then after the girls were in bed, I went to quilt that sucker up. This proved to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. I am going to be quilting Corduroy's duvet cover I made for her last year cause I can't find the insert and it never stays in anyways, so I bought another fleece blanket to put in the middle of hers as well and hope to get that done this week.
My question to you is this: What is the proper way to quilt? I need some tips. Seriously. Cause I had the HARDEST time pulling the yarn through the fabric. It took me a couple hours to do this 40x45 inch quilt.
I am using basic cotton fabric. The center is fleece, not batting. Is that my problem? The first thing I tried was an upholstery needle and some thick yarn. I couldn't get that through. Even with pliers. Really. I tried pliers to pull it through. So I changed my needle after scavenging to find another one with a big enough eye. That one broke when I tried to pull it through. So I switched to a smaller skinny yarn. I really wanted yarn and not embroidery floss. This went though but only if I used my pliers. Am I just weak? I have only helped with quilts a couple times before and I don't remember having any kind of trouble pulling the needle through.
Any tips would be appreciated cause the next one is a lot larger and my little fingers are killing me but Corduroy is already waiting for hers to get finished.