I always have to put some thought into group quilts - the designs need to accommodate different skill levels (and I'm usually the lowest common denominator anyway) and different people's stashes. I also find it helpful to choose a block where if seam allowances vary it won't through the entire quilt off.
The quilt came together quickly, and despite not really planning that well, I only had to do one inset seam to complete the top. Score!
After I'd already come up with the color scheme for the quilt, I realized that I had some green minky fabric that I'd originally purchased for another baby quilt that just didn't work out (one of the few times I've had the problem of purchasing fabric online that was a totally different color than on the computer screen). So I added a few green geese to the mix and used the backing on this quilt!
I've never sewn minky before, so I did a lot of research before quilting with it. In the end, I just spray basted as normal and everything was fine (although it's very linty - definitely clean out under your needle plate after using it). I used a walking foot to straight line quilt and it went fine. Perhaps it would have been trickier with free motion quilting.
In my minky research, I found this quilt tutorial with instructions on how to bind using the backing. I love that the edges have the same plush feel as the back, and I'm sure this never would have worked with traditional binding methods given the bulk of the minky.
So this quilt is with sweet little Remy now and I have it on good authority that he is using it well. Thanks to my guild members who helped with this one!
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