Quilting Event Update

If you read my previous post, you should already know that I have finished the custom quilt I was working on!
In case you missed it, you can check out my latest post, HERE.

Here is a picture of the final product again! I cannot stop looking at it!

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First, I need to apologize for my unintentional break from blogging. I never realized how busy the end of the school year was for teachers. Oh. My. Goodness. is all I can say about that. However, it was a wonderful experience and I loved every minute of it. I would come home and not want to do anything. Therefore, the quilt was put on the back burner.

After my first full week of summer vacation, I decided it was time to start working on the quilt again. I just thought it would be easy for me to jump right back into quilting.
WRONG!

Rule #1 of returning to a quilt: Check all of your sewing machine settings.
Somehow, my tension got completely messed up. I have no clue how this happened. I thought I was just having an “off” quilting day. {When this happens, I normally walk away from the quilt and come back another day.} I tried many times, and ripped seams out every few stitches. After an hour and a half, I decided to stop.

The next day, I was determined to make progress on it. I threaded my sewing machine again and changed by bobbin. While changing my bobbin, I noticed there was a loose part. PROBLEM SOLVED! That is why I was having the most difficult time with my bobbin.

I quilted a few hours every day, and voilà…quilting was finished! It was the greatest feeling knowing that I successfully quilted my FIRST OFFICIAL quilt, and it just happened to be a QUEEN size! I say go big or go home! :)

Next, it was time to sew the binding! It’s not perfect, but I was satisfied with the outcome!

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After sewing the binding, it was finished and ready to wash! I have heard horrible things about washing quilts, even after the fabric was washed previously. I pre-washed ALL of my fabric. After all the hard work that was put into making it, I did not want any surprises. So, I made sure I washed the quilt with Shout Color Catchers.

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I have never used these before, but I couldn’t imagine what the quilt would have looked like without them. After removing the quilt from the washer, I couldn’t believe what I saw. The color catcher sheets were 100% BLUE! I’m giving the quilt purchaser several of these to use the first few times he washes it. I’m not sure if he will see the same result as I did, but it definitely will not hurt to use them! :)

I’m not sure how soon I will make another quilt, but I cannot wait to try something new! Do you have an easy quilt that you recommend for a beginning quilter like myself? I would love to hear about it!

With love,
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4 thoughts on “Quilting Event Update

  1. It’s beautiful, and the striped binding is really the perfect accent. YES to color catchers! I only started using them last year. I pre-wash everything so don’t worry about it a lot. But I’ve started pre-washing with the color catchers and can see better than ever how much bleed there is. The worst fabrics are those intense blues and reds. Most others won’t give you much trouble.

    GOOD JOB!

    • Thank you very much! I didn’t think about pre-washing with the color catchers. I just thought since I washed each color individually it wouldn’t matter. I could imagine reds would bleed a lot! I plan on using red in my next quilt. So, I’ll definitely use them during pre-wash next time.

  2. I think that you did an awesome job. I love quilts. I would love to have a few for Hudson, a lot smaller ofcourse. We need to go shopping together so that you can show me whobinat I need to buy if you have time to make some.
    R

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