Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I just recently finished another lap quilt. It represents a big first for me, because it is the first time I did free motion quilting with minky on the back with my Tiara. It was slow going at first because of the extra bulk, but once I got the hang of it things moved faster. :)
I am thrilled with how it turned out and have plans for more FMQ with minky backings.
What can I say? My family LOVES quilts with minky backings.
Yes, that is my little Monkey rubbing his face on the minky. This is what happens every time I lay the quilt on the floor for photographs or to show someone.
You will be able to see the front of this quilt later in January, but I couldn't resist showing you the back. :) This is quilt number 120 for me and it finishes at 57 x 67 inches. It has 100% cotton fabric on the top, and a Hobbs 80/20 batting.
My friend Val, over at Val's Quilting Studio is having a link up for lap quilts as part of her Tuesday Archives. So I thought it would be fun to share my lap quilts here. I have now made 31 lap quilts which to me range in size from 50 x 60 inches to 60 x 80 inches. So lap quilts represent 25% of my finished quilts. The funny thing is that my love of lap quilts is fairly recent (like in the last 2 years). Over the course of my first 20 years of quilting and making 50 quilts, only one of them was a lap quilt. And it was just a whole cloth quilt turned quillow to practice free motion quilting. The rest were wall hangings (23), baby quilts (7), and bed size quilts (19).
Then once I started quilting more and more in 2013, I made 9 lap quilts. That is about one third of the quilts I made that year.
I learned to love lap quilts and realized that they made great gifts for family. Four of the above quilts were given away.
So in 2014 I have made 20 lap quilts in addition to the minky one above. That is half of the quilts I have made this year.
Four of these quilts are for my boys, one was for me, two were for my home, and the rest have been given away. I guess you could say that I really love lap quilts now! Now I need to figure out what kind of lap quilt I want to make with a Solstice layer cake I won in Jennie's giveaway.
What about you? Do you love lap quilts?
P.S. If you are interested in learning more about any of these quilts there are links for them on the My Quilts ~ First 100 and My Quilts ~ 101+ pages.
P.P.S. I will be linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Val's Tuesday Archives.