|Tea service for one from London, a gift from my daughter!|
Last October, my somewhat local (35 miles away and over on the other side of the mountain) quilt shop was offering a beginner Quilt class! And I signed up! Yes ma'am. BEGINNER QUILT CLASS!
Now up until that point I had made approximately a dozen quilts. Every single one of those quilts except one was a patch quilt of some sort. Either 9 patch, 4 patch or scrappy patches sewn together in really random order. Just patches, patches, patches. The one exception was a quilt I made when I was expecting my daughter. It was a yard of yellow gingham with a brown teddy bear appliqued in the center and 4 brown hearts appliqued in the corners. I was ready to learn something new! And now I had the time to.
|Me as Sunbonnet Sue, My hubby up above as Overall Bill.|
|Grandmothers Fan for my grandmother.|
I decided that I wanted to have it longarm quilted. The local lady that did the quilting only does pantographs. I thought the rose was appropriate for the fabric and I think she did a fairly good job quilting. I knew I certainly could not handle an 84x84 quilt on my machine.
|Backing is Summer breeze II|
|Binding front. Stitched in the ditch to catch back of binding.|
So what made me finally finish this quilt? Learning how to machine bind! I have always sewn bindings onto the front of a quilt with my machine and then would hand sew the binding down to the back. Well it is too hot in Georgia in the summer for hand binding a large quilt so I had decided to wait until winter to finish the quilt until I made Benjamins quilt the other week and machine sewed the binding.
|Binding back- pretty consistent for something you cannot see from the top when you are stitching.|
I really like the way the binding turned out on this quilt. Since you stitch in the ditch on the front you do not have the extra line of thread going around on the front. And if you sew the binding onto the front with a 1/4" seam then you will have plenty of binding folded to the back to catch the thread and you will not have any missed or skipped sections. I do pin the corners under and down in a mitered fashion. I will definitely be doing more of this in the future. And I wasn't even nervous this time!
I am really glad that I finally took the plunge and finished this quilt. I hope to make a couple of throw pillows or pillow cases with my scraps.
Sadly, my LQS is closing. I will always be grateful to my teacher for that class! (She knows! I have already been to see her and show her my finished quilt) That Beginner quilt class opened up a whole new world for me. I know that sounds cheesy but it is true. It also gave me the confidence I needed to branch out and make other things. And I think it even gave me the confidence to start writing on my blog. You see I set up this blog in March of 2012, took that class October thru January and wrote my first post in February 2013!
|Ready to go!|
So I guess the saying is true, "You can teach an old dog new tricks". Geez, did I just call myself old?
Anyway, no matter your age, do not be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and try new things. If I had not put my big girl panties on and walked into that class that first day I would still be making nuttin but patch quilts.
I hope yall have enjoyed seeing my first "Proper" quilt! I hope you step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Who knows what you might learn and I guarantee that you will make some new friends along the way!
Speaking of which, I would like to give a "Warm Welcome" to two of my newest friends and followers:
Dorian of Ridge Top Quilts
and Kim Paradisio of Kit Six Designs.
I am so glad to have ya'll plowing along with me feel free to grab my tractor button on the side bar for your blog!
Thank yall so much for stopping by! I hope you have a quilty kind of day and get to play with a little fabric and thread.