Oh did it ever feel great to finish this quilt. My very first finished quilt. Yippee! I took a hundred photos to celebrate. Wanna see...
Here's a full shot. I used my widest washi tape to hold it to the wall. The I jumped up on my new stool to snap a few shots before the tape gave out. It was really quite funny. Of course I would have preferred to hold it. To take it outside to a beautiful spot to photograph (there's lots of those in Potter County), but it's been pouring rain on and off for at least three days.
I used a sort of random striping of the fabrics that make up the quilt for the binding. Surprisingly, I absolutely loved making it. Adding it to the quilt, not so much. I turned to Rachel's instructions for help.
I used a decorative stitch that my machine offers for the quilting. You can see the stitch clearly here and how I simply followed the seams. Oh, these bright fabrics against the old wood, LOVE.
It's backed with my favorite, super cuddly Folksy Flannel print. It is the best feeling. Please make yourself a quilt with this flannel, just so you can hug that warm, puckered softness to your chest and feel very accomplished and proud.
These are the only photos I got of my girl with her new quilt. She wouldn't stand still because she was so happy. I'll take that over a perfect picture any day!
Finishing a quilt really doesn't feel like anything else, does it? I don't really know how to describe it. It's kind of a major undertaking. I know that, by quilting standards, the quilts I like couldn't be simpler or less sophisticated, but honestly, no matter how you slice it (literally) -- it's a big, BIG project. When I see really fancy quilts on pinterest, flickr, my favorite blogs, or at the quilt shops, I often stare in complete awe, because if you've ever finished one, you know that, well . . . they don't make themselves.
But it's all so worth it. I know I'll make many more. Can you have too many quilts? I don't think so.
p.s. There's an awesome fabric giveaway (here's a peek) happening here tomorrow, so please do stop back!