It took just four weeks and 1 day to finish my first quilt! I spent this past weekend quilting on our Handi Quilter longarm machine and finishing my binding, but it was all worth it to know I have a completed quilt.
On Friday, Tricia showed me how to load and unload the machine and helped me practice quilting for awhile. Unfortunately, she was also casualty #2 of my quilt:
Lesson learned: keep your fingers AWAY from the needle while it’s in motion!
After a few practice runs, it was time to load my quilt onto the machine. This was the least fun part of using the longarm, but well worth the time Aunt Kate and I took to do it carefully. Experienced long arm quilters will notice in this picture that we forgot to keep the backing fabric under the lower back pole on the machine (whoops!). After some help from Sherri Driver, McCall’s Associate Editor, the mistake was fixed without ever having to take the fabric off of the leader.
I had a difficult time seeing my stitches on the green print, but everything sewn in the white sashing really popped:
After all of that work, I still had binding to sew onto my quilt! Luckily, I’d prepared it ahead of time so I didn’t have to fuss with all of that while I was on a roll. Sewing the binding on by machine seemed to be my best option since I had limited time and very little experience hand sewing. But even doing it this way proved to be a struggle for me.
Here it is, my finished quilt! That’s Laura Roberts, McCall’s Assistant Editor, trying to hide behind it – caught you (see shoes on left)!
I’ve been asked by a few followers of my blogs what my next project will be and I finally have an answer. I called my Nana last week in Pennsylvania and she said she has a new quilt in the works that she could use my help with. I can’t wait to head home and get to work, but I’ll miss everyone here so much! I’ve never known a better group of ladies and I’ll always treasure the time I got to spend learning from them.
That’s all for now, but I have high hopes you’ll see more of me in the future. Thank you for following along!