It's done! My Scrappy Squares Quilt is FINALLY done!
When I last posted about it, I had found a nice flannel for the back, assembled my layers and begun quilting. The quilting process took quite some time: the quilt was big and bulky, hard to maneuver around my basic sewing machine.
I also didn't make it easy on myself, choosing to quilt 3 squares for each block (1 square on the inside of each block's layer). In order to fit the quilt through my machine, that meant I had to stitch 2 L-shapes per square, then tie the threads together at the corners on the front and back of the quilt. (Does that make sense?) Bottom line: it was time consuming. There is a lot of puckering and it is by no means perfect, but it is DONE!
The next step was to make some bias tape. I had a couple of yards of Alexander Henry's Mocca in red. I love that fabric but it is so bold that I didn't know if I would ever be able to use it in a large project. Since it includes so many colors that are in the quilt's scrappy blocks, I decided to use it for the binding.
I followed a tip I saw on Cluck Cluck Sew a while back and zigzag-stitched the edges of the quilt. This secured all my layers together and made attaching the binding way easier.
As I mentioned in my post about the baby quilt, I also figured out a better way to pin the binding in order to properly stitch in the ditch. It worked much better this time around.
And here it is, finished!
Here's the back:
Here are some more detailed shots. This project has been in the works long enough, it deserves some gratuitous attention!
I'm happy to report the quilt has gotten a lot of use already. I routinely find Cali taking her nap on it. I've snuggled under it for TV-watching and knitting in our brisk fall evenings. And Ben includes it almost every day in his tent-, fort- and boat-building games in the living room. He also used it as a "dance floor" to give us a dancing, singing and juggling performance the other day, he he.
I am so happy to finally have this quilt as part of our regularly used family items!
If you're new to the blog, or simply wanting to revisit the progress on this project, here are some links:
- Just Do It
- Scrappy Squares
- Scrappy and Rainbow
- Quilt Top
- More Progress!
Jenny, it is wonderful! I am so inspired to start a quilt of my own now! Do you think it's best to start with a small one?