Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I did it! Finished my first quilt!

It took so long to work up the nerve to start my first quilt and there are SO many mistakes, but I did it! Amy was there to snap this funny pic as I stitched the last stitch. It's January 12th and I have something to cross off my list! (besides getting a tattoo)

What's really the best compliment of all is that Z (who is NOT INTO PINK) wanted to lay under it so much that I couldn't get a pic of the quilt without him under it. He even requested its presence in the car as we went to pick up Mimi from dance class after school. Now that is a vote of approval. I guess there is something to be treasured when Mom makes something big enough to wrap around yourself...
I'm now itching to get started on another! I'm thinking that I have to finish my quilting group sampler first, then I'd like to do the Christmas quilt I never got to do over the holidays (tres simple) - and then hmmmmmmmmm.... ooooooooooh. so so fun to think about!

oh. I forgot to tell you that this quilt is made ALL from scraps that I had lying around here. I used pieces of skirts and vintage fabrics I'd collected or used over the past 5 years or so, especially some sentimental pieces that I really have always wanted to save for myself... The backing was free as it was a piece of fabric given to me by a friend last year, and the batting.... well, ahem... I (cough) used a really light fleece blanket that I had bought for this purpose at a discount store last year. Fleece always seems to wash and wear so well that I thought it was a great thing to try for batting since it costs so much less. Just pulled the quilt out of the dryer and it looks perfect. Might be a good option for the interiors... (total cost of quilt... $3.99)



Christy T. said...

Looks great! That top looks like A LOT of pieces! It reminds me of a Pleasantview Schoolhouse scrap quilt. I'm impressed that, based on that photo, it appears you hand sewed the binding?!? That's where all my quilts lose their good look is on the binding because I'm unwilling to hand sew - I'm lazy - and it just doesn't end up looking as nice. Great job - see there is nothing to be afraid of! And besides, a certain someone who taught me how to sew (who's name rhymes with Jiberty) told me from the beginning that it doesn't have to be perfect - it's homemade and that's what counts!

libbydibby said...

C- you're right, on lots of accounts. It WAS inspired by pleasantview, I DID hand sew the binding - which went way faster and more pleasurablely than I thought it would, and it did take me listening to my own advice about not trying to be perfect... And it DID turn out just fine, no bunchy batting, or huge hideous wonkiness... And we are all fighting for it around here, which means it's already a favorite and I love that.
I'm SO going there again

KFell said...

dang, that looks great ... okay, I officially have to learn to make a quilt



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