Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yellow Brick Road Finish!

Hey guys! Did you miss me? I missed you!! 

I spent a week in Idaho visiting my mom. It was lovely to be just the two of us girls (well the four of us if you count the dogs). I really enjoyed it. Until I caught the nasty head cold that's been going around. Ugh. That took me out of commission for a while. 

(I think the dogs were concerned...)

But now I'm back, and guess what?!

Yellow Brick Road is officially finished!!!

I LOVE this quilt. It was started last October during a quilting class, which taught me a lot. I feel like - from beginning to end - this quilt is more technically sound than my previous two. I also found the process to be more enjoyable and less frustrating than the others. I seriously learned so much! 

I have to admit, when my instructor suggested I use minky instead of cotton as backing...I was terrified. I had never sewn with minky. I imagined it to be super slippery, and worried it might get stuck in the feed dogs. 

All my worry was for naught. It was so much easier than I had imagined. 

Seriously. If I can do it, anyone can. 

I did some research first, of course.'s blog has some very helpful pointers here. Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew has some tips here as well. As suggested by Allison, I decided to go with a double-sided minky, purchased here during a sale. 

Overall, I think the combination of basting spray, pins, and a walking foot helped a lot. I did have a couple spots where the quilt top felt a bit baggy and bunched while quilting, resulting in some waviness and occasionally small pleats. Also, I found the minky to be a fair amount heavier than quilting cotton, and had to fight more drag while quilting.

I left the batting out of this project, to help with the weight, which I think was good. And the double-sided minky provides a decent amount of "fluff." This quilt doesn't feel too thin or too light, by any means. 

I had some uneven stitches (partially due to the heaviness of the quilt with the minky, and partially due to my malfunctioning walking foot). They were hardly noticeable, so I left them. The small amounts of waviness and pleating that occurred during quilting, has mostly disappeared in the crinkle of the cotton after washing.  

I am really subscribing to the idea that every project is about learning to quilt than learning to use my seam ripper. This quilt is likely full of beginner mistakes, BUT I have decided that, in general, small and non-fatal mistakes stay put. 

So, all in all - I'm really very happy with this quilt! It doesn't hurt that, in a couple months, I'll be mailing it to my sister in North Carolina for her birthday (shh...don't tell her it's a secret...). 

It almost feels like sending her this handmade quilt is the perfect way of sending her a long-distance hug. 

I think Sadie wanted a handmade hug too. 

Or maybe she just wanted to play...

Okay - gotta go! If I don't throw that ball for her soon, she's going to get pretty bossy! 

Quilt stats:
size: 60" x 80"
pattern: Yellow Brick Road
fabric: Modern Meadow and Quilter's Linen in Chartreuse 
backing: double sided minky in navy
quilting: me
binding: Herringbone in Pond 

Linking up to: Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFFLink-A-Finish Friday, and A Picture...A Moment


  1. Your quilt turned out beautiful! I have worked with minky several times. The first time, like you, I was terrified because of all of the horror stories I had read and heard. I found it relatively easy to work with as well. And I just LOVE how it looks after it is quilted!!

    Your dogs do look concerned!! Love that!

    1. Haha, thanks! They can be a handful. And thanks for the compliment on the quilt. I'm pretty proud of it, if you can't tell...ha. :)

  2. A beautiful quilt! You are sending your sister a hug! She'll treasure it. I can rarely take a picture of a quilt without a cat in it.

    1. Thank you! I sure hope she treasures it. Quilts are such a labor of love, aren't they?

  3. Looks great and the dogs are adorable! :)

  4. OMG Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry is my absolute favourite line and your quilt is gorgeous! I love the small border with the big border and the light binding - awesome! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

    1. Thank you! I love Modern Meadow too, especially in this blue colorway. And thanks for the compliments on the quilt. I feel like I'm still new enough to this that when I have an idea for a quilt, I'm never quite sure if the finished product will come across the way I imagine it.

  5. You're quilt turned out beautiful. You're sister will treasure this quilt. I love the colors and fabrics. You're dogs are so cute and Sadie seems to enjoy modeling for the camera.

    1. Thanks Lea, I hope she will! Yes - Sadie is a bit of a ham. She definitely works it to her advantage.

  6. I have made that pattern for my kids' college quilts and backed it in flannels. I too wanted them to have a warm hug far away from me! Your's looks so bright and cheerful!

    1. It is such a versatile pattern. Every single quilt in our class looked totally different. Thanks for the compliment!

  7. Whitney, it's gorgeous!! I love the colors and I'm sure your sis will love your homemade hug from back home <3

  8. Beautiful colors! I want to make a couch throw with minky for the back - still haven't tried working with it yet, but seeing so many others posting about their success out there, like you, makes me think I should tackle it for a warm fall cover-up : ) Hope you're feeling a lot better! That cold bug nearly killed us at our house - I'd have rather had a quick flu than that!

  9. Thanks Sarah! You should go for it! Seriously, it makes for the softest, most cuddly quilt ever. And let me know what you think if you do. Thanks for the well wishes, this cold was certainly a rough one. I'm sorry you and your family had it - I wouldn't wish it on anyone. My mom and the hubby haven't caught it yet *knock on wood* *fingers crossed*.


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