I'm so excited about how my first quilt is coming along! It was quite a long process, but I completed attaching all the appliques using a satin stitch! I've never used this stitch on my machine before! Here are a couple of close up views:
I am very happy with the results. I had no idea my machine, a Janome 4618LE, was capable of a satin stitch! I guess I should read the owner's manual more often!
When I started this quilt project, I didn't realize that a quilt top is actually several inches smaller than the chosen batting and backing fabric. I assumed the top, batting, and backing would be the same size. My batting size is 34" X 45." My quilt top is 31" X 41 1/2." I bought my backing fabric today. I purchased 1 1/3 yards. I hope to fold over my backing fabric to use as binding. In case that doesn't work out for me, I bought a few packages of quilt binding. No, I'm not being negative about it, just realistic.
My other purchases include a walking foot, quilting needles, transparent thread (and natural colored machine quilting thread), and labels. I've never used any of these items before! Wish me luck! I'm going to start quilting as soon as my backing fabric comes out of the dryer!