I have made one or two simple quilted blankets over the last year. I had thought I was getting rather good at it but this weekend saw a catastrophe of sorts and I need some advice. My previous quilts were made using patched quilting cotton on top, linen or canvas as a backing and cotton batting. I made them by sewing the top and backing together and flipping them inside-out duvet style with the batting in the middle (mostly to avoid binding etc). I then stitched a border about an inch in and quilted along each of the patch lines.
Mr Kat was looking a little left out of all of the quilt action and so for Valentine’s I bought some fabric and promised him his own blanket. I used some Echino (linen cotton blend) and added some baby cord at either end for the top. I had a very fine woven fabric for the back and some wool/cotton mix batting (2 layers) to add some warmth. As the Echino was a sort of cheat’s quilt design I had planned to sew it up along the dividing lines. This is what happened when I started:
Can you see how it is all bunched and puckered? Not great! I know that I have me an appointment with the seam riper to undo my hopeless quilting but the question is: what next? Where did I go wrong? How should I quilt this project?
I have absolutely no real skills or knowledge so I am appealing to those of you who have taken the time to acquire them to help me sort out this horrible mess!