With the thumbs up from my doctor I can now do some stuff. Yay! I still wear the brace for a portion of the day because it’s tender and hurts, especially the torn ligament, but I got things done.
Today I worked on finishing my sister-in-law’s quilt. I got a lot done, but not as much as I’d like. Frequent breaks were required. A little is better than nothing though. I’m hoping to have it finished by Saturday. Saturday is laundry day, and a quilt isn’t a quilt until it’s been washed.
I saw an interesting quilting tip today as well. To save money I can use a sheet for quilt backing. There’s plenty of thrift shops around here that I can visit and see what they have to offer. If nothing else I can buy a white sheet and dye it like a batik print. Instead of spending a lot of money to buy a lot of fabric for the backing and I can spend half that and get a sheet. A lot of the stuff I’ve seen about “NEVER” regarding this is mostly because the sheet may not be the same the fabric or it’s a little well loved.
First off, wash the sheet. All shrinkage will be taken care of.
Secondly, if they’re different materials just adjust the stitch you’re using. I would get 100% cotton, and probably around 600 ct so it’s smoother.
Third, if the sheet is well loved you don’t actually have to use it. Choose something else.
I plan on making a picnic blanket, and for that I don’t want a really nice backing because grass stains and dirt. A sheet from the thrift store will work just fine. The top of the quilt will be made using scraps and a crazy quilt block technique I recently learned. Because sheets can be really big because hey, covering the mattress, I can make the quilt rather large and not worry about spending a fortune on fabric, cutting and sewing it back together in the shape and size I need, and well…you get the point.
After I finish my current projects I’m gonna take a walk around this small town and stop at various thrift shops and garage sales. Even a set of curtains can work just fine for a quilt backing. I love saving money and time, and this option offers both.
Any of you do some rather odd or unorthodox methods and techniques for your own projects?