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Thread: My First Quilt - FINALLY done!

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    MarthaVA's Avatar
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    Sep 2009
    Ok, I have had so much trouble with this quilt. Putting the quilt top together was easy.........compared to the quilting I did - 3 times.... :shock: :evil: :oops: :? :shock:

    The first time I tried to quilt it on my machine. I did two rows and it was terrible - the fabric was pulling (yes I was using a walking foot) and the stitches were too small even tho I had it on the largest stitch.
    So I pulled those out. Ok, I'll hand quilt it - no problem.

    So I put it all out, pinned it like crazy (again) and went at the sewing. I thought I was whipping along. Got it all done..........took it out of the hoop for the last time (round hoop) and I laid it flat. It looked HORRIBLE! :shock: :(
    I ripped it out. :evil:

    I started again. Only this time, I did about 5 rows. I took it out of the hoop. It still looked horrible! The back kept bunching up instead of staying stretched out and flat.
    I went to my LQS but the expert wasn't there. :(
    I ripped it all out.

    Finally, I figured out my problem - my rows were too far apart! They were 3 inches. I made them 1.5 inches, and it worked SO much better - more sewing but hey, it wasn't all bunchy. I used the spray adhesive (the non-smelly stuff) and TONS of pins. I'm not thrilled with my hand stitching - I just wanted to get it DONE!

    Then I was scared to death of having to square it up and bind it. Well, instead of being anal, I just went at it the best I could without having to cut all the boarder off.

    I cut the binding out of left-over fabric - it was just about a fat quarter worth (i think) and I had to cut lots of strips to get enough. I had plenty plus some. :)

    I followed the directions in my book to the T. I did a double fold binding. I sewed it on and it went well. The machine behaved. :)

    I went to fold the binding over and hand sew it - OMG. It was barely enough to get around to the back of the quilt - but I was NOT taking all that binding off!!!!!!!!!!! :shock: So I just got my stubborn streak going, and started sewing.

    I cannot tell you HOW happy I am its done. This was supposed to be a Christmas present for my almost 30 yr old daughter. I can hardly wait to give it to her on Saturday!

    Did I mention, I'm SEW happy to have this quilt done??????? :lol: :lol: :lol: :oops: :roll:

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    iamsogone's Avatar
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    nicely done

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    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
    South central Nebraska, US
    I love the quilt, so all that was worth it and she will love it cause her mommy made it!

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    Super Member thequilterslink's Avatar
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    Sep 2007
    NW PA
    Very nice, love the colors, your dd will be soooooooo happy!
    Now you have one under your belt , the next will be easier.

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    Nov 2009
    Joplin, MO
    very nice work

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    cande's Avatar
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    south east ND. 60 miles from MN and 25 from SD
    It looks like it turned out great and I'm sure your DD will love it. I've had to tear a lot of stitching out and I'm sure all the others have had to too so you aren't alone there. But it is a pain.

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    Aug 2009
    Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
    It was worth the effort :thumbup:

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    Super Member Baren*eh*ked_canadian's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    I really like that! I'm sorry you had so much trouble quilting it, but it look great, and it must have been a good learning experience :)

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    Super Member ranger's Avatar
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    She'll love it. Despite all the problems it's still a wonderful quilt and a great learning experience.

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    Super Member Katrine's Avatar
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    May 2008
    But the result of your adventure with this one is so worth it - it looks great, like your fabric choice too.

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