Guys. Making two twin-size quilts is a lot of work. A lot. Especially for newbie like me. But I think it was worth it. Check em:
I just... Ah! I am SO happy with them. And I think their new owners are too.
Yeah. I like that.
And I like the being done part too. Because sometimes when I was wrestling those big guys around my little Singer I was thinking maybe I'd rather be doing something else. Just sometimes though.
So to get from cut, pieced, and basted to cuddling, I had to do my quilting and binding, which were the two scariest parts of the whole thing for an inexperienced quilter like myself. I had done machine quilting before, but not on this scale.
When I went into the quilting, I didn't have a real plan. I knew that I wanted to follow the lines of the pattern but that I also wanted to give the quilt some texture. Here's what I came up with:
First, I did my stitch in the ditch (really it was more like stitch near the ditch) quilting in the vertical seams. Next, I quilted a quarter inch on either side of each zig-zag. Next, I played up the chevron pattern by stitching at different distances on one side of each zig-zag. My machine came with something called a quilting bar that helps you to make lines of stitches at a certain distance from a line of stitches previously quilted. All you do is set the bar to the distance you want and then line the bar up with the previous row of stitches:
And here's what it looked like when all the quilting was finished:
Which brought me to binding. Ah, binding. Is this super scary to anyone else? I wanted to use a contrasting fabric for the binding, but I had never done a real binding on a quilt before. I had always just folded the backing over onto the front. I followed my friend Christa's very useful machine quilting binding tutorial.
First, I cut my fabric into 2 1/4 inch crosswise strips. I needed 8 strips to go all the way around the border of my quilt, which was about 3/4 yard of fabric.
After the strips were all pieced together and pressed in half lengthwise (Christa's tutorial explains exactly how to do this), I had a nice LONG piece of binding.
I had no trouble with the first step of attaching the binding strip to the front of the quilt, but when I folded it over to finish the binding, I had a bit of trouble. At least with my first quilt. I learned my lesson, and the second one turned out MUCH better. Here's my tips.
One quick (maybe obvious) tip, is to make sure you put right sides of fabric together when you are joining your binding. In Christa's tutorial, she uses a solid fabric, so it can be a little confusing if you are using a print. Here's how my final pieces of binding pieced together:
Most importantly, make sure you are attaching your binding with exactly a 1/4 inch seam. I don't know about you all, but I am not normally a super precise sewer. I think most of my trouble with the first quilt was that my seam attaching the binding was actually a bit wider than 1/4 inch, so I had to really stretch the binding to make it wrap around to the back of the quilt. To avoid this problem on the second quilt, I actually busted out my tape measure, adjusted my needle, and made sure my needle was exactly 1/4 inch from the edge of my foot, so I could ensure an accurate seam allowance.
Finishing the binding on the second quilt was so much easier than the first, and it looks better too. You can see the difference:
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Welp... That's about it! How about a few beauty shots for the road?
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