Friday, February 3, 2012

Shield Your Eyes!

It's been such a long time since I posted.  Our move was one of the most difficult we've ever had.  Long story.  No point in rehashing.  Anyway, we're in now and I've actually done a bit of sewing so here goes.



Today's quilt is the result of an experiment with the much maligned Wally World fabric.  Last summer I picked up some charm packs and a fat quarter bundle, all on sale.  The colors were so bright and cheerful and the prices so incredibly cheap that I couldn't resist. 

I decided to try a disappearing nine patch and got started.   I was less than happy with the charm squares.  They weren't necessarily on grain or necessarily square.  A few of them felt a bit like window screen.  I persevered, but I was pretty bummed and really didn't give it my best effort figuring it was doomed to failure anyway.  I was also determined to use just my Wally World fabric, thus the haphazard looking borders.  Leftover charms and the fat quarters made up the pieced backing, which I failed to photograph, and I bound it with strips from my scrap bin.

For quilting, I did loops and daisies.  Since the quilt is a riot of colors, I used the many different colored bobbins left over from previous projects which freed up a lot of bobbins and made me feel thrifty.  Used several colors for the top thread as well.



In the end, I liked it better than expected.  While the charm squares weren't the highest quality, the fat quarters were just fine and every bit as nice as quilt shop fabrics.  I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

The final test was the wash.  I expected some fading, but there was none.  The quilt is just as obnoxiously bright as before.

So, what do I think about Wally World fabric?  I think it's like any other.  You can find good fabric or not so good fabric.  You just have to shop carefully, which hopefully, we all do anyway.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday.

9 comments:

Heidi Staples said...

Your quilting is beautiful! So far I've only attempted straight lines, but I'll have to try out some free motion quilting one of these days...

diane said...

I think your quilt is beautiful, and I love the quilting. Those flowers are beautiful.

Pieces of Cotton said...

My daughter would go crazy for this quilt. I've found some really decent fabric at Walmart - I've even seen some Cranston prints there. Like you said, just be careful.

Mary said...

Love the quilting. I wish I had that artistic touch but I can't even draw with a pencil like that.

I have had some good and some bad WM fabric. Just have to pay attention anywhere you shop.

Shauna said...

Your quilt is very cheery. Love the quilting you did.

Grey Cat said...

I've purchased both yardage and pre-cuts at Walmart, and actually been quite suprised and pleased. The yardage has always had a nice hand to it, and holds up well. I've never been a big fan of pre-cuts, so I can't say that I wasn't surprised when the quality of the pre-cuts was less than stellar.

heather said...

I feel for you with a move. I just moved too. You quilt is great. I love bright colors.

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http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Wow! This is some beautiful quilt.