This is how my machine has been sitting or the past few weeks: ready, but not doing anything. The last time I used it I put on my darning foot so it would be ready to go. I figured this would keep me for working on anything else until I worked on Katie's Quilt and it worked.
With my nieces arriving this weekend for a two week visit I knew I needed to get my butt in gear and get this quilt done. So two nights ago I sat down at my machine with the quilt and vowed not to move from my seat until the quilting was finished. Well, when you have a three year old that is pretty impossible, BUT I did finish the quilting before I went to bed! It felt awesome! Now I just need to make and attach the binding and finish clipping the seams so it would fray nicely in the wash (which felt never ending).
First thing yesterday morning I got started on the binding, finished that up and attached it to the quilt. I had to take a break to watch my three month old nephew for a bit, but then back to work. I hadn't decided if I was going to finish the binding by hand or machine, but I decided to do it by machine and I am quite happy with how it turned out! It was awesome to see a finished quilt coming out the back of the machine! I still had to finish clipping the seams, but I couldn't wait to get it in the wash!
Once I had it in the wash I could hardly contain my excitement! It was done and I couldn't wait to see the results of my very first FINISHED quilt!
So with out further ado...
I LOVE the texture that was created on the back!
Over all I am happy with how this quilt turned out. I would prefer it without the fraying, but that is what she wanted. I'm just thrilled that it is done and I can move on. I have felt so guilty working on anything else while this quilt was waiting to be finished! So now I am free to work on new projects...like my Rainbow Charm Swap Quilt!
I decided on pinwheels. I'm pretty excited about this quilt, but I must say it's a bit disappointing that two 5" squares cut up and sewn back together only come out 5.75"! I'll get over it...
There are a few more photos of Katie's Quilt over on my Flickr if you are interested.