I'm so excited to finally be finished with the baby quilt! I put the last stitch in the binding this morning, then washed and dried it and took pictures. It will go in the mail either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. I love how it turned out. I learned a lot about cutting and piecing accurately, making bias binding, practicing making bias binding (!), and machine quilting.
The most important thing I learned is to practice new-to-you techniques on cheap fabric that you're not planning to use for anything else! I had a cute little stripe in the fabric line I used that I was going to bind the quilt with. It was going to pull the whole thing together. But I'd never made bias binding before. Can you believe I just jumped into it without trying it out first? That's exactly what I did, and I ruined about half of my binding strip. I thought, "No problem; I'll just go buy some more of that stripe." I got to the fabric shop, and you guessed it - there was no more of that stripe! So I bought more of the green dot and used that instead. It's still cute, but it's not what I had wanted to use at all. Lesson learned.
Here's the finished product, held up by my daughter.
Here's a view of the back. I love looking at quilt backs, but I hope no real quilters will ever see this one! LOL
My solution for no binding clips? Bobby pins!
I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict on her Friday Linky. Be sure to head over there and see what others have done this week, and if you have anything to add, do that too . . . 'cause she's having a giveaway!