Last Monday, as I was packing up the baby package for my niece in Germany, she called and asked if she could request one more item for the baby: a quilt for tummy time. Her only request was that it be extra soft, extra fluffy and pretty. It took two days of work but the quilt is now on its way to Germany! I decided for the soft part of the request, I would make the quilt out of flannel and fleece. For the fluffy part of the request, I decided to use two layers of Mountain Mist Light batting ( I should have used one layer of high loft batting, but I didn’t have any and I was eager to get this package on its way, so I used what I had. I did lower the interval of quilting from the package directions of every 5″ to every 2.5″). For the pretty part of the request, I just had to wing it! I have worked with fleece and with flannel but never together and never in a quilt. I decided on a pattern of alternating 8.5” blocks with a simple binding around the edge. The finished quilt came out as a 32”x32” square. As I worked the project, certain truths became glaringly obvious. Here’s what I learned.
The biggest take away from this project was the extreme need for pinning and re-pinning. It was never a once and done. Also, the needle made a big difference along with the lowering of the presser foot pressure. For the quilting, I made no adjustment to the top thread tension as I usually do with cotton quilts. Instead, I used the same Robison-Anton 40 weight rayon embroidery thread for the top thread and the bobbin. Lastly, if you want your quilting design to show up on the fleece, a topper must be used.
Good luck with your projects this week! Happy Sewing!