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,
I'm sorry to hear that one of your backing fabrics is poly/cotton... you were smart to check before proceeding! No suggestions for the quilting tho... I'm new to quilting. The quilt will be lovely whatever you decide!ReplyDelete