So, true confession, I started this first quilt with a definite deadline (baby shower!) without really knowing what I was doing. Piecing the top was so fun and went very fast….and then the project stalled. I had read about the sandwiching and qulting process, but had never actually done it. I started reading blog posts and pulling all the dusty quilting books in my sewing room, to prepare myself to jump in! I decided to take some steps to simplify the process. I didn’t try pin basting and went for spray basting, which was fairly easy after I watched some youtube videos for tips. I also did not piece the back, so that also simplified things.
Next, I needed to machine quilt this beautiful basted sandwich. I should mention that this baby quilt is really not “baby” sized, at 48″x60″ and I really didn’t take into account wrestling this through my small-throathed machine. But, I learned from the experience. Again, I watched some youtube videos that were incredibly helpful and will add the links when i find them. I quillted in randomly spaced vertical lines with a very loose multi-step zip zag stich. I got inspiration for the quilting style from a post on Vanilla Joy. You can sort of see my quilting lines in the blurry picture above. (another lesson learned, take plenty of pictures before you race off to gift the quilt!). For the center block, I stitched around the outside borders. It was sort of a pain to quilt around this block and I wasn’t quite sure what to do when I ended a row of stitching at the center block (ie bury the threads, lock stitch, etc??), so things got a little messy. Hopefully my niece won’t mind ;-).
For the binding, I kept the process simple and machine stitched. I think it looks nice. Perhaps, I’ll hand stitch the binding. I have one last step on this quilt and that is adding a label. After sweet baby girl is born, I want to make a label with her name and vital stats!