I finished the wonky star quilt today.
For review here is what I started with
The vintage top needed a lot of work! you can read how I fixed it here
I used Hobb’s Tuscany Wool Batting.
I wanted a batting with some loft to it so that the quilting would have good definition and the loft helps to hide a lot of imperfections in the piecing. I fixed the star but reattached the border without remaking it so it was still pretty “bumpy” and the loft helps to fill in the puffiness.
I buy the batting from HandQuiltingSupplies.com
The instructions for care recommend hand washing and air drying. I machine wash on the gentle cycle and machine dry on low temp and have no problems.
Here is the quilt after all the quilting was finished
Here is the back
Teddy tested it out
With his approval I moved on to binding it. I used the backing fabric for the binding.
First I cut the backing and batting down to size. I measured 2 inches from the edge of the quilt and cut off the extra.
Next I trimmed the batting to the edge of the top
The white strip in the picture is the batting that I trimmed off.
Next I fold the backing fabric over to the edge of the top.
and then fold it over again and pin to the top
Now I blind stitch it to the top and it is done
Teddy had to give it another try
He just got caught in the rain on his after dinner walk so he is still a bit damp …..I’m not worried about the quilt , it is washable and is in the wash now. I always finish with washing . I quilt in a hoop and the quilt drags all over the floor for quite some time so a finished quilt for me is usually a dirty quilt. I also never pre-wash a vintage top because they fray and get damaged. Once quilted they are stronger because they have a strong new backing and all the raw edges are enclosed in the quilting.
Here is a before and after picture (click picture to enlarge)
And here is the top after repairs and the finished quilt side by side (click picture to enlarge)
I have often said that quilting can make the quilt. I think this one is really a good example of that.
The quilt is in the wash now. I will post a picture of it next time after washing.