And one is a baby quilt:
I got all the pieces ironed down and to the point where I needed to now sew them down. But there I got stuck. How should I sew them down?
The pattern, Paisley Splash found here at Windhamfabric.com, instructs you to sew the pieces down with a zig zag stitch. But I wasn't sure that was the look I wanted. Or if I could zig zag the droplets without ruining the points.
Several people I asked said they just use a straight stitch about 1/8 in from a raw edge. I like the look of that better than a zig zag but I worried about the baby quilt wearing out and pieces falling off after a few washings.
So I decided to compromise. I am using a straight stitch on the mini, which in all likelihood will never be washed:
And a zig zag stitch on the baby quilt, because it's really important to me that quilts for children be totally functional. I want them to be washable again and again and again.
I used a fairly thin width for my zig zag, a 3.0 on my Husqvarna, tapering to a 2.5 and then a 2.0 as I got the the point. This helped preserve the sharp tip of the points.
You can see I still have the yellow and the light blue to finish. And then a whole lot of threads to bury. I'm going to tuck them behind each droplet so the darker thread doesn't show through the light background fabric.
You can also see a few pins holding pieces onto the background. I'm super frustrated with Heat N Bond. I had so much trouble with it in this project. Either the paper wouldn't come off or the adhesive came off with it. And once I got them all ironed on, some pieces started to lift immediately. A friend gave me a piece of Steam a Seam to try. I hope I like it better!
So these are both still works in progress but I wanted to share the decision making process. I think considering each quilt's function and recipient is equally important to maintaining your vision of form or design.
Linking to WIP Wednesday at FreshlyPieced.com