Thursday, 1 November 2018

One Monthly Goal in November

My goal for November is to finish the play mat for my twin grandchildren who are expected in December.

Here it is:

It was also my goal for October, but it's still not finished!

Yet another goal not reached! I had the top sewn together early in October, but the quilting is heavy going: a combination, I think, of a double layer of wadding and Ikea furnishing cotton as backing.
When I roll the fabric up the roll is so bulky I can't see over it if I'm sitting at the machine so I've resorted to standing. I didn't expect that to be so easy; I certainly have a better view of the fabric, and more control of what's happening. I had a problem at first controlling the speed, being rather heavy-footed when my legs got tired. That was quickly remedied by taking a break regularly and doing something else, like writing this blog post!

There's not much more to be done to the mat, just quilting a few more diagonal lines, trimming, provisionally binding and washing. I read that I can expect up to 10% shrinkage on quilting cotton so I added that, plus a bit extra, all round. I'm going to provisionally bind it on the machine with a long stitch, and then trim it finally after washing, and then reattach the binding permanently.

That shouldn't take me so long! Well, we'll see at the end of November!

I'm linking to Patty at  

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Happy sewing



Karen in Breezy Point said...

Good luck with your goal! I'm looking forward to seeing the mat finished.

Vireya said...

Twin grandbabies - how exciting! All the best for getting the playmat finished, and for their safe arrival.

Quilting Babcia said...

That is going to be a wonderful play mat! I'm glad you found a way to get around the issue of the bulk while quilting this. Good luck reaching your goal for the month!

Patty said...

You are making great progress. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

Frédérique said...

Great idea for the future new babies! Your are nearly done, but good luck finishing it!