Quilting

Sunny Chevron Quilt pt. 2 – Quilting + Binding

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 quilttop is the Sunny Chevron baby quilt from Piper’s Girls.

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!

~ Mardie

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