Grayson's quilt - the finish!

Now onto the quilting of Grayson's quilt. I had decided that the free motion quilting (where you lower the feed dogs on your machine and are responsible for moving the fabric and making a fun design all by your self) was too hard and I would just do straight lines for this first quilt. Well, I did one line and since my blocks didn't match up perfectly, it just looked bad. SO, I decided the free motion quilting might actually be a little more forgiving. All the information I saw online says to practice, practice, practice the free motion quilting before you do it on your final quilt. Well, being the impatient and highly imperfect crafter that I am...I decide to just wing it. Needless to say, it is not perfect. Some parts look really good and some could use some improvement. If I was a perfectionist, I would have take several sections out and started again. But I am far from being perfectionist and so I continued on...wanting just to get it done. Overall, I am very happy with it. But alas, I jump ahead. After I was finished quilting, which took a long time, used up a TON of thread, and probably drove my husband nuts from the incessant noise (as I sew at the kitchen table), I needed to bind the quilt, also something I had never done before. I made a pieced binding from the extra 2.5" strips I already had cut out. I followed the Red Barn quilt along instructions for binding which were very good. Sorry to say though, I didn't really grasp the blind stitch until the last 1/4 of the quilt. Oh well. It still turned out nice I think. I really like that binding technique. So now Grayson's quilt is finished and he just needs to get old enough where he can sleep with heavier blanket without me worrying that he will suffocate himself. So here is it is the finished quilt. There are lots of pictures...it's my first quilt, give me a break.

The finished product
Close up of my stiching and my binding

The pieced backing and a close up of a couple blocks
So that's it. Now, what should my next project be?


erinann said...

oh my gosh ann! this is fantastic! it looks beautiful!

i love to sew but haven't attempted a quilt yet. it's on my list.

Bree said...

I found you on Amanda's site. I was trying to find local folks to frequent. I am 'following' you now, feel free to stop in, I am working on some posts about Columbus activities, etc so it may be helpful down the road :)- - - (cute items, I wish I could sew, well, maybe not, then I'd surely never sleep :) breebeebracelets.blogspot.com (it has nothing to do with bracelets either- )