Monday, November 21, 2011

My very first quilt.


I worked on my very first quilt this weekend. You're probably wondering at this statement, right? I've already made quite a few quilts and now I'm talking about working on my very first one? Yes, you see, when I made my first quilt about a year ago I made a quilt top the way I was supposed to, and then it all went downhill. I did not have much fabric in my stash at that time, so I decided to use a flat sheet for the backing (a sheet that I liked on our bed, it just did not match the quilt top one bit).

To make things even worse when I started basting the quilt I used pins about 20 inches apart, and thought it was still insane how many pins I had to use. Do I have to say more? Of course it was a disaster when I started quilting. The whole thing was shifting, puckering, real nightmare. That's where my "resourcefulness" came in, I decided NOT TO QUILT, just put the binding on and call it a quilt. After all, it had a top, batting, and a back.

See, no signs of quilting anywhere. What really bothered me the most was that I liked the quilt top a lot, after all that was the quilt that started my whole quilting obsession, we just were not using it. The girls did not like the back being all boyish, and my son did not like the top being girly. So, it just sat there, that is until this Saturday. I ripped it all apart, took the binding and backing off, replaced the batting, and made a new backing using Anna Maria Horner flannel and some white flannel for the border.

I used brown striped fabric to bind the quilt and I like it so much better now. Oh, and yes, I did quilt it this time. I can finally say that my very first quilt is finished and loved.


Happy Monday, everyone. Svetlana

19 comments:

  1. Wow you went to a lot of work but it was definitely worth it because it looks awesome!

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  2. Oh good for you - I don`t blame you as that quilt top is simply beautiful and worth the effort of redoing the backing!

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  3. hooray! i bet you're glad you took the time to do it up right. it looks great. my first quilt is hiding in a closet... it's got a foot-wide white border, high-loft batting, and is yarn tied.

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  4. Sometimes you just have to take things apart and reassemble them so that they are just right! Great finish, congrats!!!

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  5. oh wow! So great that you took the time to (re)make something you can really enjoy now!

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  6. What a great story! Nice that you can now love it and use it.

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  7. WOW! Very cool story and quilt!

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  8. Hi! You did a great job! I love that quilt top and would love to make one using the same pattern!
    x Teje

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  9. It looks fab, no wonder they love it now :o)

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  10. Oh, I love circle quilts! Great job!

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  11. Beautiful. Isn't nice to finish a project, especially a first one?

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  12. Can't believe this quilt top was your FIRST! It's amazing! Mine definitely wasn't as good, haha. Good for you on going back to make it perfect, it looks wonderful.

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  13. Hi, I'm over from Fabric Tuesday. It's great that you took the time to finish the quilt. It's gorgeous.

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  14. Great story and gorgeous quilt. Is that raw edge applique? It's been on my to-do list for a while, but this line really makes it shine.

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  15. A fun finish and a beautiful quilt

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  16. What a journey that quilt has been on! I'm glad it's finally settled and ready to be used and loved. Very beautiful fabrics and love the cirles.

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  17. WOW! You are much quicker than I am. I started quilting about 4 years ago and finally finished my first quilt last year. It was a goal. :) Sad to say I had A LOT already under my belt. I LOVE YOUR QUILT!!! Way to stick to it until you like it!!! Way to go!!!

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