My first target of the February Finish challenge is my Fig Tree Cherry Delight Quilt made with the Fresh Cottons line. I bought this as a kit. I love anything Fig Tree and putting this quilt together has been a breeze. Instead of adding cherries to the center block, I added circles and a flower. So it's more of a Fresh Cottons quilt than a Cherry Delight Quilt in my case. Or maybe a Flowers Delight.
In this case, the top and back were already pieced and ready to go. I needed to start this week by basting it. Ugh, I hate basting. Luckily, I have a nice, big area of bare hardwood floor in my foyer that works very well for basting. It's well lit by natural light, there is no furniture to move, and I can easily move around all four sides. Also, we don't use the front door that much so it isn't an area of heavy traffic.
First I use painter's tape to tape down the backing:
For this quilt I decided to try double layers of batting. I'm not entirely pleased with how thin my quilts are. I use Warm & White cotton batting. I like it and it's very easy to use. I just wish the quilts were a little more substantial. Heavier and thicker but not poofy like with a high-loft polyester batting. I would love any input about how to achieve these results. I've looked around online and someone recommended just doubling up the batting. So here goes. After carefully laying and smoothing out the two layers of Warm & White, I add the quilt top:
Next I take it to the machine for quilting. Because I want this quilt DONE, I choose a very simple quilting plan of quilting down the center of each strip. This will form concentric squares on the quilt back which will mimic the design on the front.
After an evening of finishing up the quilting, I unfurl the quilt to admire my work and see at little mistake. See post below for that story. Next steps, binding, washing and photographing finished quilt. Only two days left to get this one finished for the February Finish Challenge!