It just so happens that I was given a cot bumper set (which I've been far too frightened to use because of all the
The sewing machine and the cot bumper set do relate, read on....
I had this awesome idea to quilt it, freehand-style, but I didn't have a machine which would handle the thickness of the batting or a machine which would drop it's feed-dogs, or a machine which had the right presser-foot.
Well, now that I do have a machine that ticks all the boxes... I got busy straight away on Pinterest. Why Pinterest? Well, for ideas and inspiration of course. There are many ways to free-hand quilt, but I wanted to see if there was anything that caught my eye.
Fortunately for me, I found a tutorial on how to freehand quilt a puzzle-pattern. But there was a lot of sewing back over the same lines they had already sewn and it all looked too perfect for a puzzle. So, I came up with my own solution. Here's how it turned out:
I think it looks awesome! I'm so pleased with it, especially the way the puzzle pieces aren't all the same - like a real puzzle. I'm still not sure if I'll actually use it yet though...
I drew a grid on the fabric with a water-soluable fabric pen and a ruler. I started in one corner and went from left to right one way, then left to right the other way. Easy peazy.
I also used a green thread on top and bottom to give it a little contrast. The batting is so puffy though that I don't think it needed anything to help it stand out.
Any suggestions on how to use a cot bumper safely? My son is now a week from 1 year old so he sleeps in all sorts of contortions and is perfectly happy.
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EDIT: How I did it: Puzzle Quilting blog post here.