After weeks of showing bits and pieces of this quilt via my social media channels, I can finally say that The Arrow Quilt is finished.
This quilt came about because my five year old grandson asked me to make him a quilt. He was very specific in that the quilt must have a red arrow. I started looking at different designs online and finally settled on this FREE design from Moda called Mixed Bag Which Way. Instead of using lots of colors I went with a black/white/red theme.
The Sewing Process
I had all of these fabrics in my stash except the red binding which I purchased locally. The red arrow fabrics are leftover scraps from my apron-making days. The black and white fabrics were from fat quarter purchases I made here and there.
The pattern calls for putting the top of the arrow together first. After this portion was finished I layed out all of my arrow point pieces. I wanted to be careful not to have the same fabrics end up next to each other. Plus, I wanted the fabrics with lighter backgrounds more evenly scattered.
Once these pieces were sewn together I had to trim them down into the arrow shape. See the pattern instructions on how this is done. It’s really a non-event.From there it was just a matter of attaching the rest of the pieces that surround the arrow. I decided to go with a color fade from white-ish all the way down to black-ish. In this photo you can see where I had to piece together the fat quarters in order to get the bands wide enough. Once it is quilted this imperfection hardly shows.
For years I’ve heard quilters expound on the wonders of wool batting. However, the price has been a little prohibitive for me at my level of quilting. Then, I got an email from Massdrop for a drop with Quilter’s Dream Wool Batting. The price was fantastic so I joined the ‘drop’ and pretty soon I had some wool batting for my quilt.
I can’t say enough good things about this batting. Talk about a dream to work with. It has beautiful loft and it’s so lightweight. The weight was what I loved the most because it was easier to handle the machine quilting.
And it’s washable. I had all of these arrow markings on my quilt. Once it was completely finished I put the quilt in my front load washing machine and washed it in cold water on delicate. Then I dried it on gentle. I absolutely love the weight and feel of this finished quilt. It’s perfect for wrapping up a five-year old.
The very best part was the price. My Massdrop bundle came with two twin bed sized batting pieces and 1 crib size batting piece and it cost about the same price as just one package.
Simplified Pin Basting
Let’s be honest, here. Pin basting can be one of the biggest challenges to finishing a quilt. It usually requires a large area and some moving of furniture. Well, I know a better way and you’re going to love it. I’ve created a two-minute video that demonstrates a simplified way to baste your quilt.
The Quilting Process
For the quilting, I followed the the lines of the design and straight stitched using my walking foot. I drew on an arrow design for the arrow and then the rest was straight line stitching.
This is the second time I’ve quilted this type of design and I prefer regular straight stitching as opposed to the arrow design. Trying to line up the points made me almost lose my religion.
In this image you can better see the different directions that I quilted.While my quilt hanging method leaves a bit to be desired, you get the idea. Overall, the quilt is a hit with my grandson and he sleeps with it most nights.
In my book, that’s all that really matters.