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« on: November 02, 2008 04:44:04 AM »

It's not as hard as I feared!

A month ago my husband and I got a baby shower invitation from some sweet friends of ours who live many states away. There wasn't any way we'd be able to go, so some handmade gifts mailed were in order. Usually I make a baby sling and buy something from their registry or something. I wanted to do something more this time. What else to do than make a baby quilt? Even when you've NEVER quilted before?

It turned out not so bad! I found a group of colors I liked (they're having a boy) and sewed them all together, first in twos then in fours and then in strips and then strips together. For the quilting itself, I made little stars in the blue and plaid squares and "stitched in the ditch" on the green squares.

I discovered quilting really only requires patience, time, and creative forethought, all of which I'm running low on lately (um, always). But the end product is pleasing and useful, and really, what more could a quilt want? Smiley

The binding is so not perfect.....far away from perfect. I'm not very good at binding. But it covers everything it should (mostly...there's a little corner where some of the flannel I used for the back doesn't quite meet up with the batting and quilt top, i don't know why because it matched up when i pinned it all together, but i sewed a little heart over that space and i think it looks cute) and doesn't look too too terrible.

All in all, minus the binding, this was a great (and easy!) introduction to quilting. For a scaredy-cat like me. It's not the most complicated quilt, or even the most dynamic first quilt, but I like it.

To those who want to try quilting but are too intimidated to do so - go forth and quilt!

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 05:05:25 AM »

This is great!  I love the star quilting and the colors you chose -- very woodsy and cozy.  Your friends will treasure this. 

I made a quilted bag yesterday -- my first every quilting project -- it turned out GREAT and I enjoyed the process.  I agree with you that folks who have never quilted just need to jump in and give it a try!  I used a tutorial booklet that gave me a couple of tips! 

« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008 05:19:47 AM »

I think your quilt is lovely.  Nicely done.

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008 05:44:37 AM »

That is really cute!

If you continue to make quilts, make your backing a little bigger (a couple inches on each side is good) than the top because it sometimes "sucks in" as you are quilting.  Then you can trim it when you are done and this should help to keep everything lined up and even.

It is a very nice gift that I am sure your friends will enjoy.  Great job!

« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008 08:46:21 AM »

I like the idea of adding the heart to cover up the backing situation.  Someone once told me, problems just become opportunities and if you can't fix it, feature it!

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008 11:32:06 AM »

anniefee, your quilt is wonderful, and it was a great idea to send for the baby shower.  I like the idea of adding the heart to turn the flaw into a feature too.  I still haven't quilted the top I made (I missed the follow up class to the beginning class I took).  Thanks for the encouragement to try finishing it on my own!   

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2008 11:16:44 PM »

I think you did a wonderful job!
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2008 06:43:31 PM »

thanks so much, everyone!

the little heart on the back is my favorite bit, i think, aside from the stars. i like the idea of 'featuring' an imperfection, rather than struggling with fixing it and making it worse. Smiley

hollydaze, i totally think you should finish yours on your own!

deece, thanks for the advice. i tried to do that, but i guess i didn't pay as much as attention as i should have, because it definitely got 'sucked in' and ended up not matching up. i will make sure that doesn't happen next time!


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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2008 05:05:31 AM »

Wonderful job! You should be proud Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008 07:07:03 AM »

In quilting, anything that didn't turn out right is called a humility block.  I say it just goes to prove that it is homemade and not store bought.  If it was perfect no one would believe you made it.  Quilting isn't hard like you said it just requires patience.  You did a great job for your first attempt.
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