Friday, July 31, 2009

Finish for Friday

You're gonna want to grab a chair- I finished a quilt. As in, I actually quilted it!! This is because... dun! dun! dun! I got a new Bernina 430 and I really really love it and I can even quilt with it!! We are out of town for a wedding now, which brings me to my big finish for the week- it's a wedding gift! But I didn't really know the happy couple's favorite colors or their house's style so I just went with a Christmas quilt.

I made it a nice little matching storage case with a clear plastic window on the front for a page of instructions about how to store and clean a quilt.

With my fancy new machine I was able to use a funky stitch to attach the plastic. I did this really quickly this morning before we left so, shh!- don't tell, but it got a little crooked. (I am being sarcastic about the shh! thing. It is drunken sailor crooked, but when the quilt is in it you can't tell quite as much. I didn't have time to make another one, so, meh, whatever.)I like the idea of a zigzag quilt with no HSTs like Amanda Jean's tutorial, but I wanted pointy points all the way around. So what I did was add a white strip all the way around, except for the left side, where I added two strips. I had intended for this to be an oblong quilt, but ran out of the white on white polka dots, so Paul and I got real cozy with the seamrippers (yes, my wonderful husband helped me rip apart two sets of blocks, but he whined a lot so that kind of took away from the sweetness of it) and the quilt became square. (Well, sort of square. I won't switch sewing machines halfway through a quilt again.) If I do this again I won't put the extra fabric on the sides, but I would do it on the top and bottom.
I finished hand stitching the binding on the way here today. Which is one of my favorite ways to spend a car ride. I actually really like doing the binding. For this one, since there were... issues... with the "squareness" of the quilt, I used a white on white for the binding, too. Normally I like a contrasting binding, but for this quilt, well, not so much.

For the quilting, I did a double stitch in the ditch.

Where I had striped fabric, I cut it so that the stripes go the same direction.

I even made a label for this quilt! (The back is a flannel sheet.)
Just a shot of it hanging over the railing at the motel. You can see how the color is graduated from light to dark.

Unfortunately, the Friday finish over at Lit and Laundry is a sad one this week. I will let you head over and read about her kitty.


  1. What a good idea to do a Christmas quilt as a wedding gift...and an even better idea to make a storage bag with instructions!!! Congrats on the new machine!

  2. I hope the wedding was fabulous. The quilt sure is... what a great idea to make it in Christmas colours - but it doesn't look too Christmas-y - just perfect...

  3. Great quilt and wedding gift! Love the colors and that it can be for Christmas or not!

    Congradulations on the new machine :)

  4. This was the Best-est idea ever for a wedding gift...yes, a
    Christmas theme was perfect. I'm sooo happy for you and your new
    Bernie too...I'm also impressed that you quilted it too...w-a-y to
    go!!! It is cute as a button and you gotta love a man willing to rip seams!!!

  5. That is a great gift. I don't think anyone but the maker ever notices non-squareness. And new machine!! So jealous!

  6. I am sure they will absolutely love it! I'm thinking of giving a seasonal quilt for a wedding quilt too. I'm working on a Fall one right now.

    Doing the binding is my favorite part of quilting too.

  7. dude. you need to photograph all new sewing porn...i mean. purchases.

    Congarts on the new machine! Yay!

    I love the idea of a christmas theme for a quilt gift. I like the colours you've done, it looks great!

  8. Great quilt. Congrats on the new machine and I like the idea of a storage case for the quilt with instructions....aren't you clever!!!
    Take care.

  9. Congrats on finishing a quilt! Woo Hoo! It looks awesome - the zig zags in their Christmas colors almost remind me of peppermints. I bet the couple loved it :)


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