Several, several weeks ago, I recieved a package in the mail... it was a gift from my mother-in-law! I have a lot to live up to with that lady - an amazing cook, sewer, quilter (hand-quilting!) and furniture refinisher - not to mention being so kind and generous! I look forward to when Grizz and I live close to our families again... there are lots of sewing, canning, antiquing days in our future :)
Anyways, the gift was a kit for a sewing caddey that she purchased at a local quilt store. It came with three fat quarters, fusible fleece and directions.
I did a few things different than what the instructions told me to do... they wanted me to do fusible fleece in the pockets along with the backdrop. Well, I knew there would be no way that my machine could handle three layers of fusible fleece, so I just used some interfacing in the pockets instead. Still, when it got time to sew the final binding on, I was skipping stitches like crazy by the pockets. Frustrating! I changed my needle twice during this entire project... perhaps my machine doesn't like fusible fleece?! I had to use a quilting needle, as even my trusty denim needles couldn't handle it!
The quilting went OK - I used disappearing ink and my cutting ruler to draw the lines. I had a little trouble with skipped stitches here, too. Needle change! Perhaps it was the thread I used? It was just the stuff you get at JoAnns that I had in stock already. My stitch length was 3.5. Anyhoo... I got through it :)
Overall, I really enjoyed this project, and I love the way it turned out! It even matches how I hope to decorate my future sewing room with - black, white and various bright, solid colors! Perfect!
So, once again... a shout out to Grizz's mother... THANK YOU! :)