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Warm and Cool Quilt

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My Warm/Cool quilt is complete! And I think it’s destined to be one of my favorites.

I’ve run the numbers on this quilt before, but let’s do it again, because I spent a gazillion freaking hours making these HSTs, so you can listen to me blather on about it one more time. There are 266 HSTs in this quilt and a total of 219 different prints. That’s two hundred and sixty-six and two hundred and nineteen, thankyouverymuch.

I free-motion stippled it—making this my second FMQ attempt ever. So don’t look too closely. : ) The stitch lengths are a little psycho in some places. But overall I’m pleased with my quilting and I think it’s a definite improvement over my first FMQ’d quilt.

Remember how I took all the purple HSTs out, because they just weren’t working for me on the front? Here they are in all their purpliciousness on the back. Kona Cotton solids, mostly from the Gen X Quilters Kona swap, rounded things out.

This quilt was also my first attempt at spray basting. I’ve seen so many blog posts about how wonderful spray basting is that I was starting to believe the quilt just magically basted itself. Sadly, that is not the case. : )

Immediately after basting, I had pretty mixed feelings about this basting method. First of all, I know it’s sprayable glue and all, but OMG, that stuff is sticky. And somehow I managed to get it everywhere—my hands, my feet, my knees, my kitchen floor, and I think possibly the dog. When I discovered the mess on the kitchen floor (which fortunately was easy to clean off), I moved to the basement. But like most basements, mine is dusty and dirty and gross, and all of that dusty dirty grossness ended up stuck to me, thanks to the fact that I was covered in, you know, sprayable glue. I literally had to take a shower when I was done basting! Is this normal, or am I just exceptionally bad at spraying glue on things? I was using June Tailor’s, not the 505 that everybody raves about, so maybe that was the problem? I bought June Tailor’s because it’s the only brand my sub-par Joanne’s carries, but I might try ordering 505 online for next time.

Another issue was that I basted one side, flipped it over, and … giant wrinkle in the batting, right down the middle of the quilt. Much swearing ensued. I basically had to rebaste the thing, but from the other side, which hardly seems ideal.

But I got it basted in the end, and in spite of all my problems, I got it done so much faster than I could have using pins. It really is a huge time-saver. And now that the quilt is completely done, I can say with certainty that I am another spray-basting convert. Hello, there are no pins to remove! That is particularly awesome when doing FMQ. Even more importantly: No puckers. Like, anywhere. Thank you, spray basting. I can tolerate your quirks if you continue to keep up your end of the bargain like that.

So anyway, that’s my Warm/Cool quilt. It’s like 97 degrees here, but this afternoon the girls insisted on using it while watching Team Umizoomi (shark car! shark car!). I guess that’s a pretty good endorsement of this quilt.

Size: 54″ x 74″
Design: Warm/Cool Quilt-Along by Jeni at In Color Order (thank you, Jeni!)
Fabric: Anybody who can name all 219 prints gets a drink on me at the Sewing Summit
Binding: Mini Muu dot by Lecien
Back: Mostly Kona Cotton solids
Quilting: FMQ stippling

Sorry about the bad pictures. It was a bit breezy for quilt photography the last few days—this was the best I could do.

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  1. Inspiredbyfelix
    Inspiredbyfelix says:

    Love this! I tried a rainbow on a mini one of these, fab design isn't it? I use 505 and love it. I do get slightly sticky fingers but protect the floor by laying out a large sheet from the laundry box first and doing the quilt on top. It doesn't matter if the sheet gets sticky, cos you're gonna wash it anyway! (I found this tip online somewhere, it's not an original!)

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  2. Kelli
    Kelli says:

    One of my favorites, ever!! Love the colors, love the design, love the fmq. Who cares if it's perfect? It's done, it's beautiful, and no one will examine it as harshly as you will. Great job, Lee. Oh, and great use of those leftovers on the back too.

    p.s. I've been afraid to try spray basting. I'm a little less afraid now… 😉

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  3. Katie
    Katie says:

    After spending a semester spraying my charcoal and pastel drawings, I swore I would never try spray basting my projects. I would spray my drawings outdoors but the smell followed. I can't imagine sitting at my machine and smelling the spray. Plus, what would it do to my machine? I am a pin-baster for life. 🙂

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  4. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Wow, you had me laughing! Thanks! Pin? Spray? For me it depends on which hassles I want to deal with…LOL. Although I do prefer spray. I have used the fusible batting. Once. Not a fan. The quilt itself is stunning. Thank you for sharing it. Truly beautiful! As for naming the prints, well, I am pretty sure I have that one nailed…Here we go "219 pieces of art by Lee of Freshly Pieced" 🙂

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