Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Quilted

Jack loves his quilt. Loves it. He dragged it around all morning, and now he is snuggled in his crib with it, taking his afternoon nap.


This is my first real quilt. I bought the squares already cut out for Anna's quilt, and I just sewed them together, did minimal quilting, and did not do the binding. I have to say that cutting and piecing the fabrics together was so much fun. I loved every second of it.


The binding is another story. I hated that part and I may not ever do it again. I did it all on the machine, ripped out the first try, should have ripped out the second try, but decided enough was enough. Any tips out there? I would love to hear them.




Anyway, he loves it, sloppy binding and all.

I used scraps that I already had, then found the perfect chocolate brown and white checked fabric at Joann's. So nice to see my big scrap basket shrinking.

41 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

FABULOUS! What a great quilt - it looks fantastic! And yes, binding on the machine takes a lot of practice (I've done 4 on the machine and they still aren't the greatest). Love the colors of it.
Kris

Rhea Daiute said...

OOOH, that quilt looks so good! Of course he loves it. Please take my advice and do your binding the old-school way (where you put one side on by machine and tack the final side down by hand). It is FAR superior. I know such a huge amount of hand sewing can be intimidating but for me it is my FAVORITE part of making a quilt and it goes by pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. It's very "full circle." There is a great tutorial on Heather Bailey's blog and I would be glad to help you, too. But really, you should be very proud: it looks great!

Hanna said...

Looks so great! I just can't stop wondering how much you get done!!!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Do you use a walking foot? It will help. I also second Rhea's advice to tack it down by hand. That's what I usually do.

tiennie said...

That is fantastic! I can see why he loves it. Me too!

I really like to finish the binding by hand. Makes it more controllable and enjoyable to me.

Sarah and Jack said...

I can only get binding to look nice if I do the last part by hand. Heather Bailey's tutorial is excellent, and makes it quite easy to do, it just takes awhile.

Julie said...

Wow... what a beautiful quilt!

APA said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful...the colors, the fabric you selected for the backing...and the binding because it's your first and you should be proud! It doesn't matter how perfect it is. Your wee one thinks it's just right! I, too, am in awe of how quickly and completely you get a project done. Inspiring. This is exciting!

Karen said...

Such a pretty quilt! My mom makes amazingly beautiful quilts and I've always wanted to try one (though the binding part scares me too!)...this makes me want to go out and buy some material and start one of my own!

lucky knitter said...

Oh my goodness, the quilt is just beautiful! I love the color and fabric combination you used. And Jack looks so cute curled up in his quilt. I also do the binding the same way as Rhea. It's a great thing to do while watching TV, but I wouldn't change a thing. I think it is charming just the way is.

amandajean said...

I'm so proud of your and your quilt! I LOVE it!!! (do scrap baskets actually shrink? I haven't ever experienced that, I don't think.)

I would echo rhea daiute's commment (above) on binding completely.

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BizzyMommyKnits said...

looks great ! he really does seem to be enjoying it. i have a binding to finish ,i'll do it by hand.

Regi said...

Congratz ... my hat is off to you. I still havent finished Maddys quilt... the top is done, just waiting on courage on my part to actually quilt that sucker.

Nice job!

Regi

craftoholic said...

Beautiful! I've used the instruction in the Modern Quilt Book (though they do use the machine) with great success. Plus, they say your binding doesn't need to be on the bias. Saves a lot of fabric :-)

Tabitha said...

What a fun quilt! And it is large enough for him to keep with him as he grows. I imagine this will end up being his favorite quilt when he's sick and just needs to snuggle in and feel comforted.

house on hill road said...

it's beautiful, katie!

and i agree: first side by machine, second by hand. time consuming, yes, but so much better. really.

Leslie said...

that is a really great quilt. So perfect for a little boy. I love it.

Meggie said...

Jack's quilt is a beauty! I love the brown and white check on the back side. My only quilt was a rag quilt with no binding but I guess I now know why many avid quilters take theirs to someone else to complete the binding. Jack doesn't seem to mind, though.

Atlanticsong said...

Great colors and fabrics! I've just began another round of baby quilts myself. For the binding, I did one by hand and swore I would never do it again. I hate sewing by hand. Eleanor Burns who is on PBS has a method of binding a quilt entirely by machine that comes out perfectly every time with the crispest corners I could ever imagine, although you'll still have to pin. I use a walking foot for the job, which I was hesitant to purchase for my machine at $100, but it is worth it's weight in gold. If you're a lazy quilter like I am and hand sewing isn't your thing, learn the machine binding method. It is a tremendous time saver, looks great, and comes out more secure than if done by hand (IMHO). Sara

Stephanie said...

Even Bali can't prevent me from checking craft blogs. :) The quilt looks great. For the binding, I've found that using the temporary fabric glue stick to glue it down first before you sew helps tremendously.

Knitterella said...

I love it! It looks so good and of course Jack would love it - he looks so cute!

I don't have any binding tips - that is the part that scares me most about doing a quilt! I think yours looks great though!

Meagan said...

I love it! I have hand bound quilts before and they take sooo long-you know how impatient I am! I have had good luck using lots of pins to really secure the binding on a big flat surface and then use a zig zag stitch for the binding. I like the look of the zig zag stitch and sometimes I use a contrasting thread, but I recommend a matching thread at first because it shows less mistakes. Any way you do it, it is hand made and I think the little imperfections make it more special. I will show you a quilt I made for Ava's birthday, I call it a crazy little quilt, because I meant for it to have some wavy lines and stitches. Yours is gorgeous, and Jack loves it, that is the best part! I am proud of you, it looks great!

Chris said...

I love the colors in your quilt, its really nice. Binding is difficult and I still have a hard time with it. But one thing I did learn is it needs to be sewn on by hand. Which is the way I was doing it all along. One day at the local quilt shop I saw a bunch of the ladies sitting around sewing Binding on the quilts, These ladies said "Yep that is the way its supposed to be done" I thought I was the only one that did it by hand, it made me feel better.

Stephanie said...

Jack's quilt looks so comfy. It will be something he will remember forever! It almost makes me want to try a quilt. Almost.

Stephanie

Felicia said...

Congratulations! That quilt is beautiful and is already loved :)

countrychicken said...

Love Jack's quilt. Love the color combination. Jack reminds me of my son years ago, used to suck the same 2 fingers.

Blaynexox said...

Alright - I am absolutely OBSESSED with this quilt! When I saw it I was like "OMG!!!" I love the color combo and the pattern combo - you have such an eye!! I want to make one exactly like this!

Kate said...

Fantastic quilt! Great colours and fabrics - it works perfectly!

Michelle said...

Yay! You did it. Looks great.

Renee said...

Wonderful quilt! Jack's a lucky guy to have such a talented mom.

Kathy said...

Congratulations! It looks so great! And, what a great feeling to have the little one love it, too. I am in the process of sandwiching my quilt, and I thought this was going to be the toughest part. Now, you've got me hesitant about the binding! Thank goodness there are so many tips in here.

katrina lauren said...

my mom is a quilting maniac...and is passing on her love of quilting to me...
she has taught me to do the binding just like rhea daiute says...i so love the hand sewing too...it is just the best...

such sweet pictures...just precious!
K

Marcia said...

It's a wonderful quilt and going to be well loved. Binding a quilt is a bit like sitting down to knit. Another quilter showed me how to sew it on, turning the corners just right, and then to hand stitch it after folding it over. She taught me a little stitch that makes it difficult to see. Regardless, the most important thing is that you enjoyed the process and obviously your young me enjoy the product.

SMF.sportychic said...

Wow, that is a stunning quilt, amazing! I really love the color story too!

Elise said...

Awesome quilt!! I love the chocolate gingham-I will have to look for that the next time I am at JoAnn's.
Elise

Jenny said...

Ack! I LOVE the finger-suck pic. SO cute.

Gretchen said...

stunning!!! I'm in the process of making my first quilt. It's an applique with bright spring colors so I'm hoping for it to be finished by spring :)

Louise said...

Wow, it's absolutely stunning - such a beautiful colour combination. I am a traditionalist when it comes to binding and a diehard fan of the Heather Bailey tutorial and recommend it all the time. The other good one is on Dearfii. Once you've done a few it is really easy. But I find you either love putting on binding or loathe it!!

a friend to knit with said...

now that will be one loved quilt!

Beata said...

Very yummy and chocolaty! You are one productive and talented mama...amazing!