This quilt, Ant Picnic, was a fun fast finish. (Say that three times fast.) I made it for an auction raising money for youth summer camps in my new ward at church. It was a great stash buster because it used up all of the ant picnic fabric and all of a mystery red solid.
I had the perfect amount of fabric to make a quilt 72 x 84 inches with a pieced backing. I just had to add some Kona Black for the binding.
I was able to match the plaid when sewing the pieces together, but I did end up with some partial ants at the seam. I don't think anyone will notice unless they are looking for it.
I used a comfort loft polyester batting and a basting spray. When using a polyester batting (which I usually avoid) I spray both the batting and fabric. The double spray holds the layers together very well for machine quilting on my Tiara. (I learned this tip from S.O.T.A.K. Handmade.)
I quilted it with a large meander. This huge quilt only took three and a half hours to machine quilt.
I finished the quilt the day of the auction and took some pictures in my neighbor's yard while battling the wind.
Quilt Stats #181
Name: Ant Picnic
Pattern: Whole cloth with pieced back
Fabric: From my old stash and Kona Black
Amount Used: 9 yards
Size: About 72 x 84 inches
Batting: Comfort Loft Polyester
Date Finished: May 2016
What I learned:
- Large meandering goes fast on my Tiara!
As I was making the quilt I was very worried that nobody would like it or bid on it. I was prepared to buy it back from the auction if I needed to. However, a few different people bid on it. The very neighbor whose yard I took the pictures in is the one who ended up with it. I guess she also thought it would be fun for picnics by the lake.
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