i feel down a quilt-finishing rabbit hole this week & just didn’t really accomplish anything else. maybe you remember that quilt top i made for ramona a few months ago? it was my first experiment in piecing a quilt top using a quarter-inch presser foot.
this was my pattern sketch.
jared peeping over the top of the finished quilt top.
i put it aside for a few months because i was just tired of looking at these fabrics. they’re all from the same fabric line, which is called “simply sweet”. a bit too sweet, maybe. so much pink, so many flowers. i like those hexagon prints a lot, but i was feeling pretty over the rest. i made some other quilts, some skirts, some baby bonnets, etc. then i decided the time had come to finish this quilt.
quilting detail. i don’t own a quilt guide & i am thinking that might be a mistake. i meant to quilt this thing with simple parallel lines about two inches apart. i tried to eyeball the distance between lines & keep everything straight using the edges of the fabric as a guidepost. after all, it’s all squares & rectangles. how far wrong could i go? pretty damn far, as it turns out! i saw this happening as i quilted & i was powerless to stop it. those two lines ended up being maybe half an inch apart. they start the full two inches apart on the other side of the quilt.
oh well. this is only the third quilt that i have completely finished (i have others in process). i’m still learning. learning things like, “maybe buy a quilt guide. they’re like five bucks.”
i also realized after it was all said & done that i simply didn’t baste this quilt thoroughly enough. i made another quilt with the same pattern (different fabrics) & i’m in the process of quilting it (with a different design) & i’m having lots of problems with bunching fabrics. because it’s not basted enough. so i am going to have to block out some time when ramona is sleeping or out with jared (because she has FINALLY learned how to crawl, which is an exciting milestone, but also limits the time i have to do big projects on the floor) to re-baste it & do a more thorough job. once that’s done, the quilting should go much more smoothly.
the back! i think i actually like the back more than i like the front. it’s less taxing to the eye.
binding detail. i was feeling really iffy about this quilt right up until i sewed on the binding. the polka dots really give the whole thing a more appealing character, in my opinion. they help take it from being all pink & flower-y & make it a little spunkier. this quilt is for ramona & maybe i’m just projecting, but she isn’t a very pink, flower-y person. she is more of a spunky polka dots person.
the binding is completely hand-sewn on the back. someone told me there’s a way to machine sew the binding on both sides…but i haven’t looked into it. supposedly you can also stitch so all the stitches are, like, underneath the binding & therefore invisible. i think that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. but considering that the entire extent of my sewing life prior to six months ago consisted of sewing punk patches on to hoodies using dental floss, usually while riding a greyhound bus, i think i’m doing all right. i have plenty of time to polish my technique. in the meantime, i think this looks fine.
i took this quilt to playgroup yesterday to use as the blanket ramona & i sat on. it looked really nice all spread out at the park, & there was room for another baby/mommy combo to share with us. at the end of the day, i like it. i like it more that i expected to. & it’s big enough that ramona should be able to get some good use out of it well into elementary school.
i sketched out a new quilt pattern yesterday:
when jared saw it, he was like, “whoa. whoa. that looks really, really difficult.” i think it looks really easy! but i think it will look like it was difficult, which i like. i started cutting fabrics last night (nicked my thumb on my rotary cutter, oops). i’m excited to start sewing! but first i have to try to make a dent in all the other stuff i didn’t do this week because i was finishing ramona’s quilt.
if anyone has any magical tips & tricks for time management, i am all ears. i just can’t seem to read as much as i want to, write as much as i want to, sew as much as i want to, spend quality family time with jared & ramona as much as i want to, & also do all the boring crap that needs to get done, like pumping & laundry & washing my hair & balancing my checkbook.