This was the first quilt I've ever sewn, and I'm sure it will not be the last. I'm hoping to make some again for Christmas; we'll see how busy November/December is. I really love the way it came out. The fabric choice was fabulous, and it really went together quickly. It is also much larger than the size listed in the book. I assume that's a good thing! I love the look of this quilt; it seems broken in and worn even though it's new. That's not to say that I didn't have a few issues.
- One of my fabrics was a stretch cord. Oh how I wanted to give that corduroy to the cat! Sewing the cord to the other woven fabrics left it all stretched out and some strips way longer than others. After washing the cord had pulled away from the other fabric in two spots. I topstitched these holes and then doused them with Fray Check. Crisis averted.
- If you remember, my machine died during this project. I wonder who was at fault; did the quilt kill the machine or did the machine kill the quilt? Not that the quilt is bad, just that the back is way wonkier than I'd like.
- The binding looks great when sewn by hand, but I hated how the two ends came together. Unable to send it to Mary Ann in that condition, I created a tag out of unbleached cotton and a quick freezer paper stencil. I sewed it right over the nasty binding spot, and am very happy with how that turned out. Before and after photos below. You can also spot the tag in the photo of the back.
What do you think?