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I need quilty help!

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!

Time Spent…

jan1

:: Sorting the stash

:: In the last of the snow

:: Learning to walk

:: Making cookies

:: Feeding the birds

 jan2

:: Serging

:: Recuperating

:: Cooking and baking

:: Crafting

 jan3

:: With friends

:: Sewing

:: Gazing

Thank you for all of your comments, tweets and emails. We had just gotten over them being ill when I came out in shingles and the littles got a winter vomiting bug so we are once more laid low. Between the snow and sickness I feel like we have barely left our village this year!