Finally, the snowball and nine-patch top for grandbaby girl is finished. With simple flowers appliqued on the scrappy border. Unquilted it measures 43" x 55". It will shrink after quilting, washing, and drying but it will be big enough for a baby even if she happens to be 8 or 9 pounds. I layered and basted it on Saturday and began quilting it today.
I deliberated about batting. Cotton? Poly? I love the cotton batting I've been using but, honestly, it doesn't seem very warm. Or cuddly. So I decided on poly. I had some in the closet, pulled it out, cut it, and realized that it was way too thick. If I'd used it, the quilt would have been a mat instead of a cuddly cover. Besides that, polyester seems like it could be dangerous because it melts. My daughter and her husband use a wood stove to heat their small home. Let my imagination turn aside and go no further down that road. . . .
So I headed to the store and ended up with a bat that is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. While I don't like the feel of it on my hands, I know it will be completely encased in fabric. It seems cuddly and warm. I'll write more about the brand and how it quilts in a later post.
I'm linking this post to WOW (WiPs on Wednesday) at Esther's Blog and to W.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Thanks, Esther and Lee.
I'm also linking this to A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts. My original post claiming this as my goal for the month was posted on November 1.