Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Upper body strength needs some work

I have been getting quite a workout these past few days.  But I haven’t given up my craft time.  No, I’ve gone back to quilting.

I got back to the Lone star quilt, which is now fully queen sized.  The last border is attached, the batting is all on, and I am at the point of attaching the backing fabric.  There is nowhere in my house with enough flat space to put out a 92 inch square of three layers of fabric and batting, so that is my first challenge.  I put it on the kitchen floor and tried to pin half of the center square, then shift everything over without  shifting the layers and pin the other side.  I only need to do minimal quilting in the center area; I’ve already quilted the top to the batting in smaller sections.  I need to attach the backing a little, and then quilt the outer border through all layers together.  So I thought I could outline, stitch in the ditch, the eight big diamonds that make up the star.  Problem is, this is at the very center of a queen size quilt!  By the time I shoved half the quilt under the foot of my machine, the backing fabric was no longer lined up right.  I guess I didn’t pin enough.  I stitched around half of the diamonds, and realized the backing was all puckered and pleated and folded — a real disaster.  It was enough of a mess that I had to walk away and leave it in a great big puckered pile for later.  Much later.