Oh my gosh! I just finished my first ever quilt. Yes, I said first. I have been making quilt blocks for a few months now with my Craftsy class and RB Block of the Month, but this is the first time I have went beyond just blocks. I am just sitting here looking at my studio closet door right now. So proud of myself not just for completing this quilt, but for all that I have learned while doing it.
This quilt is called the “Books-for-Baby Quilt”. It is part of the Zakka 2.0 Sew-Along in which participants sew projects from the book: Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi. This is week 8, but I did not participate in a few of the kids projects opting to start the quilt instead. And boy, let me tell you I am so glad I did this in steps and started ahead. Made a huge difference in the assembly and kept my stress level low! My finished size is 48″x48″. Each block has a book with pages and spin with a contrasting border. I alternated spine on right side and spine on left side. Also, because I am so green in this sewing area, I opted to use items directly from my scrap bins (Which is why some books look more like squares!) The only thing I had to purchase was the batting, which is Warm & Natural.
Alum’s version did not have quilting along the borders. I wanted my borders a bit more stable, so I just did a straight stitch around all four sides. I also did the stitching around the books and book borders like she suggested. My backing fabric is a creamy Kona solid from my stash and the binding is a pale yellow.
So what did I learn about quilting from this week’s challenge? Too much to write on the blog in one day, but here are the top ones:
1. I now understand AND can complete machine binding on a quilt. (For those of you who know me, binding and me = enemies.)
2. I now understand what “Stitch-in-the-Ditch” means. Thank goodness!!
2. I now understand the importance of color and pattern selection in quilt designs.
4. I now have a fine appreciation for quilters spray-on adhesive and flat pins.
5. I now have a true love for my Janome DC2012. This girl stitched without complaint and made everything run super smooth and easy!
6. I now know that wonderful, well thought out directions are essential for quilting construction. Thanks AYUMI!!
Not included on this list but maybe saying it as a by-product of this challenge is my need to make an appointment with an eye doctor! For you experience quilters, does all this stitching make your eyes go wonky? Whew!
While I don’t think my quilt has achieved wall-hanging status, I will use it in my studio on days I may be a bit chilly or early morning hockey practices with middle. I’m just so excited to have finished it and on time too! I think I will turn off my machines for a bit before the gang gets home from bowling. Thank you for all the nice e-mails and messages of encouragement this week. I can’t wait to head over to Flickr and see what everyone else has done with their blocks. ~Happy Sunday!~