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Thread: I sure hope I don't live to regret this...

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    I finished my first quilt!!!!!!!! It's bound and all loose threads are cleaned up and hidden. It really turned out better than I'd hoped for a first shot. It's FAR from perfect...I like to say it adds character... ;) I learned a LOT making this quilt that I will be able to use when I make the next one (oh yes, there is already a "next one" in the works!).

    I had one heck of a time getting that binding done though! Finishing it when sewing to my quilt top (when you sew the two ends together) nearly made me crazy, I must have sewed it together and ripped it apart three times last night, but I did eventually get it. Then I used the Elmer's Glue trick to attach it to the back and SID - WELL, my tension got all screwed up, I ended up with nests on the back big enough for an eagle, I had to tear out my stitching on two whole sides before I realized how bad it was (that'll learn me to check the back as I go instead of half way through!), then take apart my whole machine, clean, oil, wind a new bobbin, re-thread it and voila, sewing like a dream!

    So I get that binding done finally, cleaned up my loose threads and....

    ...throw it in the washing machine...BEFORE taking any pictures of it. It's too late to stop it now...

    So I'm sending my prayers to the quilting Gods to please have mercy on me and not let it fall to pieces on this maiden voyage through the "sea"! LOL

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    I can't wait to see a picture of your quilt

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    Congratulations!!! :D:D:D
    I can't wait to see your first quilt! I am happy to hear that number 2 is being planned too!!

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    Congrats! and I too can't wait to see :)

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    We have all been there in various degrees! Keep on.....it does get better.

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    Excellent! I too just washed one of my quilts for the first time. Sadly, this one was NOT bound (cuz it got mildewy smelling and I couldn't stand to be near it) However, my quilt came through the wash beautifully and I am sure yours will too!
    Congrats and I am totally looking forward to seeing your masterpiece!

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    Congratulations! Can't wait to see your quilt when it completes it journey through the sea.

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    Sometimes the excitement of finally finishing just takes over, doesn't it. I'm sure it will be fine in the sea. I love the crinkled look quilts get after their first wash.

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    Looking forward to pics.

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    Congratulations!!! I use to hate to do binding but here's a great tutorial from Connecting Threads that is so easy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buCKs...ature=related.

    This is the only way I do my binding now :) No stress!!!

    Can't wait to see your quilt.

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    There's a good tutorial for binding in the tutorial section of the board.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-51632-1.htm

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    Waiting patiently!

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    Come on, show us. It's had time to wash and go into the dryer! How does it look?

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    Here's the link to pics!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-64729-1.htm

    It turned out pretty good!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    There's a good tutorial for binding in the tutorial section of the board.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-51632-1.htm
    Thank you, I found another tut on here that's pretty much the same. Where I kept getting confused is exactly where you switched the pictures because of the direction of the quilt - I had the quilt on my side, the binding away from me. The tut had it the opposite way, so I was all backwards! I did get it, eventually though, and it was the perfect size and laid completely flat :)

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    Woo Hoo !!!! Congratulations !!!!! pictures please.

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    I love your descriptive way to explain washing, so poetic.

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