During the testing of the Abigail Doll pattern, I realized from the feedback that it would be helpful for certain steps to have more detailed photos. (BTW, I had some amazing testers that were a joy to correspond with.)
The original photos that I included in the test pattern were taken some time ago and I knew that adding photos with a completely different background and lighting to the existing ones wouldn’t result in a very professional looking finished pattern.
So Monday and Tuesday of this week, Dave and I spent the better part of each day retaking step by step pictures for the doll pattern. I still have dolls in various stages of completion, but when I got up Wednesday morning, I looked at those dolls and decided I needed a break from them… especially since just the week before I had completed four sample dolls of the same pattern.
I wanted something quick and easy so I got out this small tabletopper that had been packed in the bottom of my suitcase along with the jelly roll quilt top that I turned into the Ohana Aloha quilt for our middle daughter.
I sandwiched and hand basted it in the morning.
Now I haven’t done a lot of quilting and when I was working on our middle daughter’s quilt, I had a little trouble with tiny puckers on the top. Nothing serious and most of them smoothed out when given the wiggle treatment. Then once the quilt was washed any remaining ones pretty much disappeared but with each project I hope to learn and get better so I did some searching on-line for possible solutions to the puckering.
I found a few suggestions to try out.
First… use a walking foot. I’d used a walking foot to quilt middle daughter’s quilt. So that wasn’t the solution I needed.
Second… adjust the stitch length to a longer stitch to compensate for sewing through that amount of thickness.
And third… slow down. Now I have to admit that when quilting our daughter’s quilt, I was pushing hard and sewing as fast as possible to get it done so that I could send it off to her.
Wednesday afternoon, armed with this new knowledge, I sat down at the machine, adjusted the stitch length to 7 and started quilting… slowly.
And the quilting went perfectly! Not a pucker anywhere.
By supper time, I had the quilting done and the binding attached. After supper, we popped a movie in and I hand sewed the binding to the back.
I love how it turned out!
Cutting directions and assembly instructions can be found here.
In that post I indicated that I was waiting to complete it until I found the right backing fabric but since no one sees the back of a table topper, I just used the same Kona snow that was used for the white squares on the front.
And then when choosing the binding, I had thought to use the leftover strips of red star fabric but I only had two WOF strips left and needed three WOF to have enough. I’m glad now that there wasn’t enough red because I think the Kona snow binding frames it beautifully.