I actually did it!!!!!! I made a quilt! Granted, it’s a baby quilt, but IT’S A FREAKING QUILT!!! It was finished a while ago, but I didn’t want to post anything about it until the recipient, my adorable niece Zoe, received it in the mail. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll be a great-aunt. Even more hilarious, my sister is going to be a grandma. But let’s just keep on topic…
I may have written this before, but I truly mean it this time – I think I might now know what it’s like to have a kid. After I was done with this thing, I just stared and stared at it saying ridiculous things like “I can’t believe I made that.” Don’t parents say things like that? I didn’t tell it I loved it or anything, but I TOTALLY do. I’m just so proud of myself. It has lots of imperfections – the seams aren’t exactly lined up everywhere, I didn’t buy enough material for the back so I had to put a big stripe down the middle and I HIGHLY doubt the border is the same width, but I think it’s wonderful. Kinda like someone’s kid that’s kinda ugly. Come on. Don’t pretend they don’t exist.
Anyway, the pattern I used was this. Honestly, I wish I’d chosen an easier pattern to start with. It wasn’t necessarily hard, there was a just a LOT of cutting. And sewing curves. Yikes. I also deviated a bit when it came to the quilting part. Instead of just tying knots in the center of each circle, I actually quilted it with a free-motion quilting foot. A free-motion foot is different from a “regular” foot because it enables you to move the fabric around instead of having to do straight lines. Quilting itself made me feel like my back was about to break. Something I didn’t really think about was the act of trying to ram a large portion of a quilt into that tiny space between the needle and the sewing machine. It can’t be more than 6 inches which means there’s a lot of rolling and readjusting. That and the fact that the weight of the quilt (surprisingly heavy) keeps wanting to pull the entire thing off the machine. But I got the hang of it.
Here’s a picture up close.
Here’s a picture of the back. Notice the big grey stripe.
I read that it’s nice to “sign” your quilt, so I embroidered something on it.
I’ve also finished another baby quilt, but you’ll have to wait until after the baby shower to see pictures. It’s not for a few weeks, so patience… I hear it’s a virtue or something.
Side note – yes, these pictures were taken in my office at work. It has WAY better light compared to my apartment.