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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My First Quilt - FINISHED!

Basting...a couple of hours quilting...a day or so of indecision...an hour and a half of ripping out stitches...a few more hours of quilting...machine-stitching binding...hand-stitching binding...a wash and a dry...rainy day photos...

At last, my Wonderland Quilt is finished. It's a 'crib-sized' quilt, about 38" x 50", for my baby girl's first birthday in August.

Here's the front:


And the back:

And a close-up of the binding, made using that first piece of quilt fabric (Tweedle Dee in tomato) I ever acquired, as a gift from a friend:
After ripping out a lot of stitches and then re-quilting, I arrived at an amount of distortion and puckering that I think is acceptable, even to my perfectionist self. I think realism reigned, and I had to accept that there were going to be some imperfections, especially using a normal presser foot.

And, I will do it all again. I've already designed and started cutting for my next quilt - a single (twin) bed quilt for my son, using Riley Blake Wheels fabric. It's been really fun involving him in the fabric choice and design process. But that's for another post.

7 comments:

  1. ohh the back is really great too!

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  2. Well done. It looks fantastic. The lines of quilting really suit the top. As soon as I get these kids back to school I'd better finish off mine and I think I'll have to use your quilting pattern too! Can't wait to see your next quilt!

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  3. Fantastic first quilt! I have trouble with straight quilting, too using the normal presser foot. Eventually I am going to have to splurge and get that walking foot!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your first quilt! I remember the feeling well (it was only 6 months ago). I LOVE the quilt and I might use it as inspiration for my next quilt.

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  5. Fabulous Jill! Well done!! It looks great.

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  6. Congratulations on a fabulous finish. It looks great and I love how you've used some remaining fabric for the back back.

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  7. This is awesome! I just saw on my flickr a LONG time ago that you posted one of my quilts as inspiration for this one. I looove this. Love the sashing. Very pretty.

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