Apr 1, 2011
Quilt is done!
My 1st full size quilt!
I finished yesterday morning but it was all day before I got around to washing it and getting it on the bed, but here it is:
I still think it turned out looking very "teenage girl", but I do like it! It was done totally from stash fabric and I had just enough scrap left over for a couple of pillows.
Major hurdles and lessons learned from this project:
(some of you no doubt already have this stuff down!)
When ironing miles of binding, wrap it around a ruler to keep things neat!
As you are sewing the binding, wear it like a bracelet and just take off as much as you need, again, keeps things neat and untangled.
Below is a huge accomplishment for me, the binding process! I finally got it down this time, and it is no longer the scary part :)
Below... the last few stitches upon completion! My other bindings and mitered corners are so bad I will never show you :)
To sum up, I'm finding I'm pretty decent at all the piecing, the binding's okay, but my machine quilting is horrific! Looks like Amy Winehouse got ahold of it and tried her best to make straight lines, HA! I think that eventually when I make the "end all - be all" favorite quilt for myself I will pay the money to take it to a long-arm quilter. This one, although the lines are all over the place will be loved however. Mama Pea said the first big quilt is an accomplishment and so I think it will hold some sentimentality for me and will eventually become the dog eared canoe quilt - you know the kind, gets thrown in the canoe for a picnic, laid upon for 4th of July fireworks, etc... wonky stitching and all :)
One last thing... the bread is getting better slowly, hopefully I'll get it down soon so I can at least know one recipe without looking it up and getting consistent results.
My weekly "Living Small" redux will be late this week with good reason, hubby is going to build me a headboard to go with my new mid-century look bedroom, all done either from thrift stores or DIY. Now he just needs time, a very precious commodity these days. Luckily, after working 9 days straight of 14 hrs a day, he is home today - so tonight will be pizza night - his dough has been doing it's thing since this morning so it should be good and bubbly thin in a few hours, mmmmm.....
Speaking of bread... if you haven't seen Thomas' latest creation, get over there right now - it's almost unbelievable, except for the fact that we are talking about Thomas, bread baker extraordinaire! Simply amazing...