I am very proud of this quilt. It took me about seven months to finish this first, and really, it would have taken a lot less, had I not been so intimidated about the actual quilting process.
I used some of my very favorite fabrics, including the lovely Heather Ross mermaids (I've got an entire quilt of Heather Ross Mendocino planned for the future!), the Tula Pink lady bugs, the Tip Top elephants, a Joel Dewberry favorite, some Amy Butler, and miscellaneous favorites I've picked up.
I quilted using both horizontal and vertical lines, and I actually dig the unevenness, although I can't say that was entirely intentional. It's a little difficult to wrangle a giant quilt under the machine. This is somewhere between a queen and full sized quilt. The dimensions (unwashed) are 67" x 74".
I pieced the back using a large piece of Kona Coal and several large scraps from piecing the front. I also used an entire strip of too-small squares I made for the front.
The binding is primarily Kona Snow with a tiny section of Kona Medium Pink (I ran out of Snow).
I learned a lot through this process. Red Pepper Quilts taught me about pre-sewing the binding with a zig-zag stitch, to make it easier to attach.
I know next time to tape my quilt back to the floor before starting the pinning process.
Knottygnome indicated I might want to use a few less pins next time.
All in all, making this quilt was a wonderful experience.
I'm already well into piecing my second quilt, for the Single Girl Support Group.
It is fantastic! I am in love with those mermaids as well. I have a house robe made out of them in blue.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are making me want to learn to quilt.
I love the mermaid fabric.ReplyDelete
Wow, it looks amazing! A job well done, for sure. :)ReplyDelete
Wow, you should be proud, it's beautiful. I love the fabrics and colours you've chosen and I love the way you've done a patchwork strip on the back, gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Love the quilt - and the next colors look great! Very vibrant colors!ReplyDelete
it's beautiful! and so large for your first attempt. i'm in awe.ReplyDelete
I love it! I especially love the Mermaids! You did a great job, and aren't you glad you had those "wrong" sized squares to put on the back? :o)ReplyDelete
It turned out amazing!! I love how all the colors and fabrics work together perfectly. And it's HUGE! Great work. :DReplyDelete
It's awesome! I am in awe that you machine quilted such a large quilt yourself. My first quilt was that large, and I still haven't finished it because I get so sore trying to push it through my machine.ReplyDelete
I'll echo Melissa's thought...not only is your first quilt just impressive on its own, but that you machine quilted that yourself is amazing. You have no fear...so inspiring!ReplyDelete
delightful - congratulations on a job well done. i can't believe you wrangled that through a machine!ReplyDelete