Yesterday I was sharing about putting the backing together for my Irish Chain quilt. Today, after it was hanging out on the clothesline overnight, the wrinkles were still there. I touched the fabric to make sure it was dry. It felt like a high-quality chintz fabric, complete with the sound of high quality cotton, but I decided I wanted to be sure. I am thinking about hand quilting the Irish Chain quilt and I want to make sure I'm not fighting polyester fibres. So I conducted the famous 'burn' test. If you google it you will find articles about the different ways fibres behave when a flame hits them.
Well, the long and short of it is that one of my fabrics was 100% cotton and the two side panels (which I used to make the quilt backing wide enough...you know...a pieced back) is Poly/Cotton. It melted! Can't bring myself to use it. So back to the drawing board.
Thankfully I was able to find something nice and soft at Fabricland for 55% off so now I have ample fabric for the back of this quilt. Now I just need some energy to baste it together so that it can be quilted. I'm still not sure if I'll machine quilt it or hand quilt it. I already have one quilt underway in the hoop and I'm a long way off having it done.
What do you think? Here's the picture of the quilt again:
I'd love to do some quilting in the blank squares. I bought a circular wreath stencil today. It would be perfect in those blank spots. But whether or not I should do it by hand or machine is the question. I'm a bit of a puritan. I'd like to do either 100% hand or 100% machine ~ not both in the same quilt.
So...what do you think my quilty friends? Hand or machine? What does quilt beg for?
Until next time,