Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My First Quilt - FINISHED!

Basting...a couple of hours quilting...a day or so of hour and a half of ripping out stitches...a few more hours of quilting...machine-stitching binding...hand-stitching binding...a wash and a dry...rainy day photos...

At last, my Wonderland Quilt is finished. It's a 'crib-sized' quilt, about 38" x 50", for my baby girl's first birthday in August.

Here's the front:

And the back:

And a close-up of the binding, made using that first piece of quilt fabric (Tweedle Dee in tomato) I ever acquired, as a gift from a friend:
After ripping out a lot of stitches and then re-quilting, I arrived at an amount of distortion and puckering that I think is acceptable, even to my perfectionist self. I think realism reigned, and I had to accept that there were going to be some imperfections, especially using a normal presser foot.

And, I will do it all again. I've already designed and started cutting for my next quilt - a single (twin) bed quilt for my son, using Riley Blake Wheels fabric. It's been really fun involving him in the fabric choice and design process. But that's for another post.


  1. ohh the back is really great too!

  2. Well done. It looks fantastic. The lines of quilting really suit the top. As soon as I get these kids back to school I'd better finish off mine and I think I'll have to use your quilting pattern too! Can't wait to see your next quilt!

  3. Fantastic first quilt! I have trouble with straight quilting, too using the normal presser foot. Eventually I am going to have to splurge and get that walking foot!

  4. Congratulations on finishing your first quilt! I remember the feeling well (it was only 6 months ago). I LOVE the quilt and I might use it as inspiration for my next quilt.

  5. Fabulous Jill! Well done!! It looks great.

  6. Congratulations on a fabulous finish. It looks great and I love how you've used some remaining fabric for the back back.

  7. This is awesome! I just saw on my flickr a LONG time ago that you posted one of my quilts as inspiration for this one. I looove this. Love the sashing. Very pretty.


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