Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's A Wrap!

My 1st quilt is done! I'm so proud!


After I finished, I tossed it into the washer and dryer to let it shrink & pucker. That may have been a little scary.


But it came out perfect! It's so snugly and warm. 


Best of all, from start to finish...I made it myself!


This spectacularly crappy photo shows it on a full-size bed. Wow, quilts are harder to photograph than stitching is! 

The quilt turned out approximately 60 x 80 inches after washing. I had the time of my life learning how to do each step. Is it mistake free? Not even close! Seam points don't all match up. There are a couple spots where the inner top pleated while quilting, and the border has some pleats...there is a special way to put on borders but I didn't know that!

If I had to pick a favorite part, it would be sewing on the binding.  From cutting & sewing the binding strips, to creating an invisible join, to hand stitching it closed...I rocked that like nobody's business!

Least favorite, pinning, hands down. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed doing it...I did not like being unable to work on it due to sore fingers and an aching back. I know one can use spray adhesive to sandwich the layers but I am not sure how well that works on large quilts.  


What is that? More squares? 

Indeed, I've started another quilt. This one is going to be giant! I want a bedspread to fit my king-size bed. This will be a charm-style quilt. It can't be a true charm quilt because I don't have enough fabrics to make each square different. (but I am saving one 5 inch square from each fabric I have...maybe one day I will have enough!) Shown here are only a few of my fabrics, I think I have around 70 different ones.

Not to worry, I have been stitching as well as quilting, and I'm close to a finish. Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 




50 comments:

Cindy's Stitching said...

Great colors. It a great feeling to make your own.

Carol said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous first quilt, Sharon!! I've always wanted to delve into the world of quilting myself, but I think I'll wait until I retire :) Looking forward to seeing your next creation!

gracie said...

Congratulations on a lovely quilt finish.

Jacquie Morris said...

WOW!! Your first quilt is AWESOME!!! Go You!!
The colours the design everything is wonderful :)
And oooh more squares!! Cannot wait to see your next project, lovely colours!
Smiles :)

Trina Autry said...

Way to go, Sharon! You did a wonderful Jo. On your first quilt!

Lynn said...

It is great you got it completed. I know you are elated. Can't wait to see your next project!!! Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Congrats on your finish, your quilt is gorgeous!!

AnaCristina said...

:-)

Robin said...

Congratulations on your first quilt finish! I really like the fabrics you used. Have fun with your second quilt creation!

Robin in Virginia

Ineke said...

Congratulations on your first quilt finish. It looks very comfortable to snuggle in. And beware: quilting is just as addicting as stitching is!

moosecraft said...

Congratulations on your first quilt and welcome to the obsession! ;-) Quilt on!

Rachael Ball said...

You should definitely be proud. It looks fantastic!! Xxx

Boyett-Brinkley said...

Well done! Lovely colors-- congratulations are in order!

Blessings in the Country said...

Wow that turned out awesome! Congrats on your first quilt! ~Jessica

Blu said...

Congratulations! It looks fantastic.

butterfly said...

Well done looks great love it.

Linda said...

Gorgeous quilt Sharon.

Linda

Jan Jones said...

Congratulations on a first quilt finish!

Marie said...

Congratulations on the completion of your very 1st quilt! You did a great job and it looks wonderful.

I look forward to seeing your next quilting project!

stitchersanon said...

Not perfect? Of course it is..it looks amazing. Totally perfect xx

Vickie said...

Congratulations! I know just how you feel, after the first quilt. I am going to do a charm quilt. I DO have enough fabrics for it. I just am in cross stitch mode.

Cole said...

It`s gorgeous!! Well done, I`m sure you will enjoy it for a very long time!

rosey175 said...

Congrats on surviving the wash!! :D New hobbies are so fun and the (im)perfections add character anyway! It looks lovely and perfect for fall.

Anne said...

Congrats on you first quilt! You did good! :)

Annie said...

It's absolutely fabulous! You were so methodical and did all the right homework. Looks like the new machine worked out too.

I think you've caught quilt fever!

Angela P said...

A beautiful finish, congrats!

Irene said...

Great Job! It looks very nice indeed. The best thing is that you enjoyed it so much you are doing another one.

Anna van Schurman said...

Nice job!

Lynn said...

You should be VERY proud of yourself!!! It looks fantastic! And yes they do tend to become addictive as well. Great job!

Sweet Sue said...

heartfelt congrats to you sharon, and just in time for the cooler weather. wishing you many toasty nights under your treasure. well done, enjoy and savor your accomplishment!

Christine said...

Yay! Happy dancing for you Sharon. It's gorgeous

Thoeria said...

Oh WOW!!! Congratulations on a marvelous finish!!! Those are not mistakes that you speak about - those are the things that makes your quilt uniquely yours :)

CJ said...

Congrats!! That is a super finish. I made two very small quilts for my daughters, I took them with us to China when we went to get our girls.

Lana said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Khristine Doiron said...

Beautiful!!

Tammy B said...

awesome job!

Rachael G said...

Well done, he he new hobbies can be costly xx

Lindsay said...

It looks fantastic, well done

Brigitte said...

Wow, that's a great quilt. And wow again for it being your first. Congratulations.

Julie said...

A wonderful achievement, well done on such a fabulous finish, its amazing!

Kate said...

Congratulations on finishing your first of many quilts. Lovely colours.

Loretta said...

Your quilt looks gorgeous!!!! I want to start quilting myself but just can't find enough hours in the day.

cerato said...

A very autumnal quilt. Congrats!!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You go girl! Looks awesome and just in time for the cooler weather too. Nice!

Sherry said...

Your quilt is lovely. You did a wonderful job!

If you would like some squares for your next quilt from my vast stash please send me a private email with colors/patterns/styles, etc. that you are looking for. Except for really modern looking things (that remind me of the 1970's) I should probably have anything you need! LOL

I would also need your snail addy so I know where to send them.

Kate said...

Congratulations! It looks fabulous. Addictive, isn't it?

Bekca said...

Congratulations on your first quilt finish, it's gorgeous :) Very tempted to start this new hobby myself :P
Best wishes.

*-* said...


Well done! Watch out, the patchwork & quilting bug will get you!
K.

TexWisGirl said...

that's a really beautiful quilt - love the colors!

nice to see you stop in today! loved your cute toad-feeding story. sounds similar to some box turtles we used to have - we'd attract june bugs for them, then let them eat a bunch. :)

Jennifer M. said...

Fantastic finish on your quilt. They really are a labor of love!