This uses Warm & Natural cotton batting, and a really soft Minkee backing with stars. It was pieced and quilted with Aurifil. I used 50wt for piecing, and in the bobbin, and 40wt in variegated for quilting. I did a simple design through the blocks, and did feathers in the outer border. The lavender border has freeform hearts.
I LOVE how the pink variegated thread works with the colors in the Michael Miller fabric, and the lavender is the perfect blender for the inner border. The light pink is a perfect match for the backing.
So, in reference to the title of today's post, how is quilting exercise?? Well, when I started quilting this, I forgot to lower the feeddogs on the machine. Those are normally what feeds the fabric in straight lines, but when doing Free-Motion Quilting, or FMQ, they are lowered and a special foot is used, so I move the fabric in all directions, and the machine stitches. I control the size of the stitches and where they land by pushing and pulling the quilt. Working with the feeddog up makes me work harder to move the quilt. Adding in the Minkee back, which adds weight as well as friction, makes it even more challenging to move the quilt. This one measures about 46 by 54", and although it's not as large as other quilts I've done, my shoulders and arms got a good workout. Normally a smooth muslin or fabric back glides a little better, but this back is so soft and snuggle worthy! It's almost like velvet, and my new great-niece deserves it. Once I remembered to lower the feeddogs, it was a little easier, but still a workout. In addition to that, I had started using my old exercise bike. I'm only doing a few minutes a day, but it has arms and legs moving. The combination of quilting and exercise is really good! Fun, creative and many health benefits!
Here's a picture of Noah's quilt before it was quilted.
Pretty! Came out great!
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