On Monday I told you I will be teaching a beginning quilting class and gave you a glimpse of the sample I was making to test the pattern we’ll be using. I am happy to tell you I have the sample finished!
I chose to make a wall hanging size — it is 37″x37″ — instead of a larger quilt. I used fabric I had on hand except for a dark blue I needed for each block and for the binding.
Quilting was fun, but a little (okay, a lot!) time consuming. At first I thought I would do some sort of loops or swirls or curvy design to offset the ‘squareness’ of all the blocks. But then I saw my quilting rulers and decided straight line quilting would be more suited to this top. I also stitched in the ditch around the blocks.
I have decided I don’t like SITD. It takes a lot of time and it’s boring. But I also think it is necessary to help stabilize the blocks before quilting. So I just put on some music and got down to it. It probably took me longer than it should have because it’s hard to chair dance and sew. Just sayin.
I took a close-up picture of the binding so you could see the blue solid is actually a print. I like this fabric a lot, but it has a bit of stretch to it which made me a bit nervous. But it wasn’t really a problem.
I added a hanging sleeve – my first! – and I’m glad I went ahead and did that now. I know some people don’t like adding sleeves but I didn’t mind it. I did the handwork when I sewed the binding to the back so it was done in no time. I can’t prove it to you cause I forgot to get a picture, but trust me – it’s on there!
This quilt is currently on display in the shop. It will come home in a few weeks. 🙂