Monday, May 31, 2010

My First Quilt Finish!


Editing to link this post to the Thursday I Made It Blog Party at Everything Etsy. It's tons of fun to pop over there and see what others have made this week. Why don't you join in?!

I am so excited! I just finished my very first quilt, the one from the On the Road to Spring Quilt-Along (that started back in February). I'm excited that it's done, and I'm excited that I finished something! LOL I'm notorious for starting things and never finishing them, so this is a milestone for me. I loved every phase of making this quilt, from cutting to binding, which is also unusual. The only thing that slowed me down was that free-motion quilting, which I ended up not doing after all; the rest was fun and fairly easy. Here are the pictures of my finished, crinkly-fresh-from-the-dryer, first ever quilt:

Freshly washed and dried!

A closer look at the binding. I was afraid this would be hard, but it wasn't, and the hand-sewing it to the back was very relaxing.

A peek at the back. This blue-and-tan floral was the color inspiration for the quilt - I just love it!

Thanks for looking at my little quilt! I'm very pleased with it, and I'm ready to make another one. I'm trying to decide on a pattern to use for a small quilt for a friend's birthday in a few weeks, and I still want to get ahold of that free-motion quilting. Thanks to Randi at i have to say for the great tutorial and quilt-along! I loved it!

23 comments:

  1. Susan, it's beautiful! Your mitered corners are so pretty - I'm really impressed!

    Thanks for showing us pictures. Maybe sometime this summer I can actually get started on my boys' quilts......

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  2. You did such a great job!

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  3. Melody ~~ Those mitered corners had me worried, but Randi's tutorial made them so easy. I'm quite pleased with them on the front, but not sure if the backs are done right. I'll have to check that out.

    Tammy ~~ Thank you!!! I'm very happy with it.

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  4. Your quilt is lovely. You did a wonderful job. Can I send you a couple of quilts that need the binding stitched? I do not like hand sewing, so my projects have languished for years without binding. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Your quilt is beautiful, thank you for sharing. Also congratulations on a finished project. I'm also someone has so many unfinished projects...so I definitely understand your feeling of accomplishment. A quilt is something I had always hoped to do...

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  6. Susan...I love the quilt!!! And the colors are lovely together!!! You did a great job on it!!!

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  7. Ginny ~~ Send 'em on! LOL I understand those languishing projects. There are a couple of notable ones in my closet!

    JD ~~ Thanks for your sweet comments! This was such an easy quilt to do; you should try it!

    Cindy ~~ Thank you so much! I was worried that the colors were too bland, but I love it.

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  8. I really love the way the quilt turned out and you did an excellent job! I am excited for you because I know how good it feels to make and finish a quilt. Now you can plan your next one! :o)

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  9. Beautiful quilt! I am working on my first real quilt. Need to get it ready now for the quilting. I love home made quilts done by hand. something special about them.

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  10. Susan ~ congratulations!! Job well done! When I see your quilt, it's just like looking at mine all over again! I love these colors. By the way, did you put a label on yours? I plan to on mine but haven't done it yet. There are label tutorials all over the quilting blogs if you want to check them out. Will you display your quilt or will this one be used on someone's bed? I know you're tickled pink to have it done!

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  11. It looks great! Congratulations on a well-done, beautiful finished project.

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  12. Debbie ~~ I am indeed planning the next one! LOL An elderly friend has a birthday in July, and I want to make her a lap quilt.

    Aliene ~~ Are you hand-quilting? Make sure you post pictures when you get it done - I love to see others' quilts.

    Deb ~~ I have not put a label on it yet, but I have seen some tutorials and need to do it. This quilt is for using on the couch; I didn't make it big enough for a bed.

    Barbara ~~ Thanks! It feels good to be done with it!

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  13. What a lovely quilt! It feels so good to finish a project, doesn't it? Congratulations, I can see a few more quilts in your future!

    Crista

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  14. Thanks, Crista! It does feel good, and I'm excited about making more quilts!

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  15. Its so beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I recently had a friend offer to teach me quilting...I just might be encouraged to take her up on it! LOVE it - and love your new background too!

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  16. Oh it is so lovely! What a great job you did!

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  17. Jennifer ~~ Thank you for your kind comments! Take your friend up on her offer - you'll love it!

    Tammy ~~ Thanks! I enjoyed it so much!

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  18. Susan,
    Your first quilt! And it is beautiful! I, too, enjoy sewing the binding--it's my favorite part, I think. What did you do instead of the free-motion quilting?

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  19. I just stitched in-the-ditch, Ruth. That's all I could think to do at the time, but now I've thought of a couple of other things that wouldn't have been so plain. But I guess that's how we learn as we go, huh?!

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  20. How exciting!!! It came out beautiful!!! I love it!

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  21. Thanks, Jingle! I've had a lot of fun sharing it.

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  22. This is very nice! I a loving the colors! Very natural and pretty. :)

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  23. That is so beautiful. Wish I could quilt but since I can't I crochet. :) I am now teaching myself how to knit using a locer hook rug hook with instructions I found online...

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