I know I just recently posted about a quilt, but I am actually behind in this post, so excuse me. 🙂
While I was working on Micah’s quilt (#3), and while waiting for my free-motion foot to arrive to finish my first two quilts, I started working on my 4th quilt. I was trying to figure out who to give it to and realized that my younger older brother and his wife might like to have it. This quilt was so easy and quick to do. I had bought a fat bundle on a big sale at Southern Fabric and my husband thought I was crazy that I kept carrying it around asking it what it wanted to be. I decided to just look up the fabric (Miss Kate) to see what other people have made with it and found this cute pattern by Cotton Way. I honestly could figure out how to make it just by looking at it, but I would feel badly making it without buying the pattern, so I didn’t look much at the directions, though I did learn a little bit in reading through it. I didn’t have exactly all the types of fabric shown, so I used what I had which worked well enough. I felt so thrilled to start cutting this fabric up and making it what it wanted to be. This was the most expensive and the largest of the quilts I have made thus far, but I blame myself for getting Moda fabric, which I tend to think is just expensive as it is, but so gorgeous.
I really love the vibrancy of the colors and fabrics for this one. If it wasn’t for wanting to gift this quilt, I would have snatched it for myself because of all the pretty blue and greens (my favorite colors) in it. To do the finalized quilting, I should have used a walking foot, but I used a normal sewing 1/4″ foot which did a number on my shoulder since I had to use more force to drag it through. Some of my lines are not the straightest because of this decision, but they look fine anyway. Pretty much this is a lattice design.
For my first three quilts my quilting teacher hadn’t taught me how to hand bind my quilts, even though she does it herself. I decided to check out this great tutorial on how to hand bind. I will say this binding came out REALLY nice! I spent about 5 hours hand binding it and my hand was very sore (I should have taken some more breaks in between doing so). I am very thankful that my grandmother (whom I wasn’t close to at all) had a sewing kit filled with colorful threads she never used that I somehow inherited (out of her 4 children, 13 surviving grandkids, a couple dozen great grandkids, and few great-great grandkids) when she died when I was about 19 or 20 (right before I married). She was blind as can be but used to be great at embroidery. She had the exact color I needed in her kit to use for the binding. I used two spools for it (there was not a lot of thread on the spools).