Clueless QCAL (As if!) — Week 3 – Quilt back and front components

I took an unexpected break from Instagram starting Wednesday night. I knew I’d be on the app less because I took (and am still on–I fly home tomorrow afternoon) a trip with my dad to middle of nowhere Nevada starting Thursday morning. We’ve been very busy during the day, watching playoff baseball in the evenings and going to bed earlyish, so never really found time to scroll (plus the wifi is super slow on my phone). I’m sorry, but also kinda not (cuz unplugging is good for your brain and soul), for being absent this week on Instagram, but I’ll be back tomorrow night!
Sharing on Instagram
A reminder that if you share your progress in a post on your IG feed, be sure to include #cluelessqcal so it’s easy for everyone who is participating to see what you are making–if your profile is public! It’d also be helpful to tag the designer of your coat (i.e. #papercutpattern) and/or your coat design (i.e. #newlook6585, #novacoat, #tamarackjacket, #patchworkchorecoat). These tags were invaluable as I was researching what coat to make for me (and also what to share with y’all). One last hashtag recommendation to include is #quiltcoat. If people are looking for inspiration to make a coat, they’ll likely search this hashtag.
In case you don’t know, you can follow hashtags!! The only downside is only a couple posts will show up in your feed each day/week, so if you want to see what everyone is up to, click on the hashtag to see all the posts.
Last Week (Week 2)
This past week we were cutting out and piecing together the quilt blocks (or solid pieces of fabric, depending on the style of coat you are doing) for the front and back parts of our coats. If you are doing a Party All Over, you’ll be piecing both the back and front; for a Mullet coat you will be piecing the pack and solid fabric for the front.
This Week (Week 3)
This week we are basting and quilting the front and back components of our quilt coats! Since everyone here (I think) is a quilter, I won’t tell you how to make a quilt sandwich, how to baste (either pin or spray), or how to quilt. But, If you’ve never made a quilt before, please reply to this email, or send me an IG DM, and I’ll pull some resources to share with you.
Before you start basting, you need to know THIS: Are you going to install an additional lining for your coat or are you using the back of your quilt sandwich as your lining? If you aren’t sure of the difference, here’s a review (p.s. these are my pros and cons, you may disagree).

If you are lining your coat, you will install a lining (separate from your quilt sandwich) after you complete the assembly (but before you apply the finishing touches). You won’t see the back of your quilt sandwich, and the lining won’t show the quilting (this is like what you see in most coats). The 

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 show what the inside of a lined quilt coat will look like.

Pros: Don’t have to bind seams for finished look, an extra layer of cotton for warmth
Cons: More fabric ($$), possibly more work (making essentially another coat to line your coat), possibly more bulk

If you are NOT lining your coat, the back of your quilt sandwich will be visible on the inside of your coat and the quilting will show. 



 and the 

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show what it’ll look like to not install a separate lining.

Pros: See your amazing quilting on the inside, less expensive, could possibly be a reversible coat
Cons: May see the pockets, binding coat seams may be more difficult than binding a quilt
The option you select will determine what fabric you use for the back of your quilt sandwich (normally your quilt backing). If you are lining your coat, I suggest using a solid (inexpensive) cotton as the backing won’t be seen. If you are NOT lining your coat, use whatever fabric you selected for the lining of your coat.

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