I’ve been working on a really fun quilt for a dear friends new grandbaby, Titus. We chose a darling African theme, with giraffe print and coordinating tans to go with a fun, realistic African animal backing. To add some dimension and texture, we decided to piece minky dot fabric into the top in green and chocolate.
It’s been a pretty smooth, if not a quick, project. I work with a lot of minky with my bibs and other baby items, but this has been a whole new learning process. Minky does not like to be the top fabric. It requires lots of pinning and it always had to be on the bottom when sewing. Even with a walking foot, if the minky was on top it would push and fold.
But even with all the pinning and turning the rows back and forth (and lots of Downton Abbey)…the result was totally worth it!
The texture of this quilt is so fun. Going from the smooth cotton to the minky and back is just wonderful.
Now that the top is done, I’m going through another learning curve…quilting with the minky on top! As I planned the quilt, I assumed that a straight line pattern, probably a cross-hatch, would be the best course to take…I was wrong. I’ve found that it’s actually lots easier to free motion with the minky on top! Which is perfect, because I love free motion quilting so much.
I’m still learning as I go and have found some issues. The biggest is that the thickness difference between the cotton squares and minky squares require different tension. What’s happening is as I go over the minky, my machine sometimes skips stitches and I end up with places like this:
I’m fixing those spots by carefully clipping the thread and slowly restitching over the area. What I’ve learned is that if I go slower over the minky than I do over the cotton, the stitches even out. It’s looking good so far.
I have a little over half quilted so far, but I’m pleased with the results and glad to share what I’m learning.