Hi all! This week I am back with my second quilt post – you can find the previous post here.
Today I am showing you how I quilted and bound the top I finished last week. I am a beginner quilter and this was my very first project, so it might not be up to quilters’ standards yet.
The fabric I bought for the back unexpectedly had a giant bleed in it! I was really shocked but after going for an alternative I am happy I didn’t go for this one. It would have been nice to use a busy fabric like this to hide any stitching mishaps but I like the plain cotton I used too.
Here is the quilt sandwich – I used an 80 / 20 batting because it was on sale 😉 Gotta be thrifty with a “test” quilt!
After pinning the entire thing I read online that the “toothy” side is supposed to face down. So I got to repin the entire thing :)))
Finally got to use the quilting pins I found in a thrift store years ago!
Tackling machine quilting. This process was intensely difficult. I only have domestic machines and none of them fit the rolled up quilt very well. If you read last week’s post I started on my Brother CS70 but that one just couldn’t deal with the quilt top. I switched to my Janome instead – pro’s of owning multiple machines at the studio 🙂
I “stitched in the ditch” (stitching inside the seams) to transfer that fun chevron pattern to the back.
The first two or three rows from the center were ABYSMAL and I unpicked and restitched them all. Then I got a hang of the tension and speed and the other rows were fine. Still this was a very tiresome and difficult process.
I used a plate to round off the corners, which is also a great way to do the binders for beginners. As an experienced garment seamstress I don’t find mitered corners difficult but this sure was very easy to stitch.
I made my own bias tape out of a gray cotton with white stars. I pressed it really well and then I opted for single binding instead of double (as I had planned) because I was just done stitching in the ditch for a while.
Using the walking foot again, I stitched the bias binding onto the wrong side of the quilt. Now I actually thought about this decision a lot as the internet and my 2 thrifted / gifted quilting books gave conflicting information. I decided to start from the back as I worried about my hand stitching showing a little on the turquoise fabric. Better to have it on the right side, with busier prints.
Pinning and quilting the top took me about 4 hours on and off. The binding took me 3 hours total but I only did 40cm a day to rest my hands a little. I had also been cross stitching a lot in February and my hands felt really sore LOL. Still I think after a total of 3 hours the binding was done.
So after 16 hours of work I have my very first baby quilt! I think it looks really cute despite the wonky rows and imperfect stitches. I have learned a lot about quilting and gained a lot of respect for all quilters out there. This was a very straightforward design, I can only imagine the time and dedication needed to make complex paper piecing blocks.
Overall my feelings about quilting have changed a lot. I don’t think I will be making another quilt any time soon because it is so time consuming. Besides that, I also wasn’t super in love with the fabrics I chose, and the frustration of working with inferior materials really made this project difficult to finish. I also don’t feel like I can utilize this quilt as it is very small, only 90 by 110 cm. Yet there were some skills I learned that I can apply to garment sewing too – like chain stitching!
Have you ever made a quilt? How did you like working on it?
Thanks again for reading!