I am going to say that it was probably the fastest "go together quilt" I've ever done. As you saw the other day, you literally just keep sewing strips, over and over. I did find that my 1/4" seam creeped a bit and I am going to see about investing in a 1/4" seam foot for my machine. I found one over at Amazon Distinctive 1-4 (Quarter Inch) Quilting Sewing Machine Presser Foot with Edge Guide - Fits All Low Shank Snap-On Singer*, Brother, Babylock, Euro-Pro, Janome, Kenmore, White, Juki, New Home, Simplicity, Elna and More! (kind of a long title, but that's how they do it!) that I will probably send for.
You saw the quilt top over the weekend, but not the finished project. The reason being, it was a gift for my niece and she's on Facebook, soooo I didn't want HER to see it till Sunday night! Needless to say, she loved it. Yay!
People asked me to show the rest of the process, so here we go!
Let's start with an "oops" just to get it out of the way, shall we? My first fabric
I did ultimately get it right and when I got to the binding, you can see my method below the gorgeous batik... phew! All set! Make a "T" - pin where I need to sew - sew and viola!
First one below shows the successful seam. Second one how you cut it. Third one = YAY! I did it right! Best part is I NOW know how to do this and can show others!
I cut multiple 3" strips, but ended up trimming off about 3/4" of an inch, so I would go 2 1/2" next time. I sewed the two sides on first, then the top and bottom. Next: lots of pressing.
Let me say that I was at this juncture on Sunday morning: in need of batting and backing. OF COURSE, I didn't have enough batting... what to do.. what to do... oh, wait, I have some extra flannel!
Sometimes, when I go down to buy my fabric, I end up with some that's imperfect - can't sell it, but it's still good quality. I took a big piece, sewed it together and made a lovely batting of flannel!
The backing was another challenge - what would go with this? How about navy Handspray flannel? PERFECT!
I cut it, sewed two pieces together and snuggled them right up with the batting and pinned those two layers to the quilt. Lots of pins.... oodles of pins...
Time to hand tie since this was for TONIGHT! No time to machine quilt! Ah... a longarm someday?
Once I got to this point, I knew I could bring my niece the quilt, sans pins, whether or not I got the binding done. But I had a bit of time left so...
All you do is sew along, 1/4" (you can see why I'd like a foot with a guide) with the seams together: right side of the quilt and right side of the binding. And sew... and sew... and sew...
Once that was done I breathed a little easier. I could now bring it along and it wouldn't fall apart as the edges were sewed. BUT... I did have 50 minutes till party time. So, I grabbed my needle and got started!
I was able to do about 1/3 of the binding before having to head out. I tucked it in the bag and zipped off. After we finished, I grabbed it BACK and went home to finish!
And finish I did! YAY!
Here's the completed quilt - I love the pink batiks from the Tonga Treats and LOVE LOVE the batik border!
What fun that was and she enjoyed it, as well.
Have a wonderful, creative day!