Finished Quilt!

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So awhile back i told you about my quilting class and how the first class went, sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with my blogging, but heres the rest of the story…..I left off with a lot of strips that I had to sew together…. next I had to cut out all the grey strips that go between the pattern….

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I had actually cut all the grey strips in the 1st class, so my homework was to sew everything together…and then you end up with this!

 

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The second class was all about laying out the quilt.  First you down the back fabric and tape it down to that it’s taught and centred.  Next, you lay the pre-cut batting (baby size for this quilt).  Last you lay the top piece down and pin it in place.

10527633_10154373791690562_7716090139152339398_n Pinning sure does take awhile, because you have to pin the whole quilt down.  Make sure you get through all three layers!  the trick we were taught was to pin in a circle from the middle so that if there was any creases you keep smoothing them outward. Now to the actual quilting!  we just had to quilt straight lines all up and down the quilt, which sounds easy, but can be tough because the quilt is big and bulky. Plus, you don’t start from top down, you have to start from the middle out…

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To ensure that I was quilting somewhat straight it used tape to join the corners.  I don’t really recommend to be honest.  When you have to roll the quilt to get through the machine some of the tape gets all stuck together or just falls off.  It was more of a hassle.  Although it did help guide me.  I think i’ll just use a piece of paper next time or tape as you go and not tape the whole quilt at the beginning….

Once you’ve done all that, you trim off all the edges.  One thing I learned is that it’s never going to be perfectly square not matter how hard you try at the beginning…and only quilters who have been quilting for years are able to quilt perfectly square.  I didn’t feel so bad since this is my first quilt.

in the last class, I trimmed my quilt, cut and made the binding and attached the binding.  With the binding, you sew on one side with the machine……..

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Then on the other side you hand sew it  It’s a lot of work, but so worth it in the end because you end up with a beautiful quilt!

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Now…….the hardest question to ask who to give it to…. 🙂

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