Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nafisa's cat quilt

This is the quilt I have made for Nafisa. She is a cat person and is totally delighted with it!





It has been a huge learning time for me. I realized that I will have to be very careful with the fabric I use. They all have to be as similar as possible. I bought the 2 printed pieces abroad, from a quilting store, and so they were of a similar kind. However the plains were poplins I bought here. With the many qualities of poplin available locally, there is a variation in the thickness. So this meant that some of it stretched....extremely irritating. The next big challenge was in the actual quilting! I have used a cotton batting which is of really great quality and easy to work with. But putting the sandwich together and then basting it (I used pins, which was a mistake....next time I will baste it with thread) turned out to be far more difficult than usual. Especially keeping wrinkles out was a marathon feat!!!! I love a bit of the hand stitching and that seemed to increase the wrinkles! The backing was a great fabric I found in Bangalore, but had to have a join down one side to make up the breadth.
Nafisa, my designer daughter, says she loves that its not totally smooth....so then I guess its ok!

4 comments:

  1. Brinda, that is a cute lovely quilt..and great finishing too. Thank you for sharing your experience about using different fabrics..i have to keep this in mind

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  2. awesome quilt!! The wrinkles is just add up to the greatness of the quilt :). Btw, have you tried pure cotton, instead of poplin? I just found out recently there is a pure cotton one, which is slightly expensive than poplin but it's softer and doesn't stretch.

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  3. Smooth is fine for a competition entry or a exhibition wall hanging, but not necessary for a beautiful, warm and cosy snuggle quilt!

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  4. it's beautiful - looks so soft and warm! can imagine nafisa cuddled up in it :)

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