Sunday, February 5, 2012

My First Quilt: DONE!

It's done!  I worked all week on it and finished up my first quilt Saturday night.  I ran into a few hiccups along the way, but overall I'm happy with how it turned out.  My hiccups?  First, I tried basting the quilt sandwich using Heat N Bond "tape" as described by Nancy Zieman in Sewing A to Z .  This did not work.  I guess my sandwich was too thick to heat all the way through.  I went out and bought basting spray.  It rocks!  Problem solved!  The second problem...the yellow flag, above the bird, frayed and came away from the satin stitched edge when I washed the quilt. I tried "patching" the spot, but, to me, the flaw is obvious.  I'm still glad I started my quilting journey with applique.  Next time, however, I will cut my pieces a little larger and make sure to watch all fabric prior to cutting and sewing!  

Even with the flaws, I'm still happy with it...and pretty proud of myself for quilting it myself!  All those (straight) lines!  I didn't use my new walking foot for the quilting, but I did use the transparent thread I bought.  Wow.  It is like fishing line!

Quilt back (closeup)
I folded the back fabric over to the front and used it for the binding.  I found this method pretty easy and will use it again for my next quilt!  
Fold over binding
So, what do you think?  Thanks again to Polly at Helping Little Hands for the great Bird and Bunting Quilt Tutorial.  Any good ideas for what I should do for my next quilt?  I'm on the hunt for another great pattern!

Have a great week!

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Heather and Kathy said...

how pretty!!!!! What a lovely quilt!!!!!!


Cyndi said...

Angela, it came out GREAT! I love it. You really did a nice job, and you're ahead of me because I haven't quilted any of my quilts...they've all been sent to my long-arm quilter. Oh, and I haven't done any applique, scares me! LOL!

I'm sure you'll come up with a great pattern for your next quilt...there are so many awesome free patterns out there on the web!

Chat soon!



Fiona said...

Angela, it looks fantastic! I've never done any appliqué before ... scares me just slightly, but yours looks great.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Love it, so cheery and the stitches look amazing. Sooooooooo great for a first quilt, keep going. xox Corrine

Ady said...

That's simply lovely, Angela! The stitches do look amazing. Well done!

Alex and Cassandra said...

Love it! Very nice job!

Stacy said...

Congrats on finishing your first quilt, Angela. It is beautiful! I love all of it-- the blue of the sky, the cute bunting and that sweet bird.

Liza said...

Hey Angela.. that quilt is FABU! You have sooo much patience and don't you just love that invisible thread? I use it for everything... mostly 'cuz i'm too lazy to keep re-threading with different colors!
I'd love to get together with you and chat sometime re: blogging etc. even a phone chat would be super... let me know when you've got a little free time! See ya xxoo Liza