I made a quilt! I finished the Christmas present I “gave” my husband in.. 2013, so to say I’m excited to have finished this UFO is a huge understatement. If you remember, I have a long list of them to catch up on, but this one bugged me the most because I bought all the fabric so long ago. This is my first quilt, and potentially my last that is this big. I didn’t think quilting was easy, but I was so shocked by how long this took me. If you’ll remember, my first quilting project was a mug rug and it didn’t turn out that great.
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I really like the half-square triangle blocks, they’re big and graphic and bold. I followed this tutorial from Persia Lou; I had a hard time finding a pattern for only two colors and hers was perfect. I used a on binding from Oh, Fransson! but machine sewed instead of binding (sorry, her tutorial seems to be gone? I can’t find it and the original link was dead), and serged around all the raw edges before I attached the binding (a tip I saw from rachael at imagine gnats!).
I used this Nature-Fil batting in the Queen/King size . I didn’t realize that different battings have different quilting lengths – I wanted to do minimal quilting so looked for one that allowed for that. Both the black and yellow fabrics are by Laura Gunn, the Painter’s Canvas line in Mustard and Black from Hawthorne Threads.
Here it is! I think the points look much more precise than they are – I’m guessing the brain just follows the pattern instead of picking up on mistakes. One element of the quilt process that frustrated me was that I couldn’t tell what caused imperfections. I can only assume lack of practice & imprecision, but I felt like I did the same thing for all of the blocks/binding/etc. So why didn’t it all look the same?
You can see the quilting pattern I followed on the back – I didn’t do it intentionally, but I think using black fabric and black thread for the backing/binding/quilting was a brilliant choice. All imperfections are well masked. I prewashed all the fabric but not the batting (is that prewashable? I don’t even know), I like the “quilty” look.
My husband was about as amused of a model as my toddler, haha! Naturally this project above all required one of my snarky labels – I’m not sure I’ve ever spent more time on any other project in my life! I added an Iowa Hawkeye applique with Wonder Under but it looked awful after the washing process. I’m not sure why? I’ve never had issues with applique before, but I’ve also never quilted with it.
Like I said, I completely underestimated the amount of time and effort that goes into a quilt. I have SO much more respect for quilters now – especially knowing how simple this design was!
I’d like to try some more blocks and smaller quilt projects but definitely will not be tackling any more big quilts any time soon. Are you a quilter? Do you have any favorite quilters to suggest and I can follow on Instagram? Give me some suggestions!