Baby’s first quilting!

I quilted my first quilt!

That was so much fun! I was a little apprehensive after reading around online, but once I got going, it was really straightforward. I basted with pins about 6″ apart and I’ve ended up with just one tiny little pucker on the back, in one corner. I could probably press it out with the iron, that’s how tiny it is.

I did a simple square double spiral in a rainbow thread, to keep going with the rainbow theme. Since nothing else on the quilt is straight or square, I didn’t worry too much about straight lines and square corners – I’m embracing the wonky. I learned a lot, too. Like so many things in life, it’s worth taking a moment to settle in and get comfy before starting (it made quilting so much easier), and if it feels like it’s running away with you, stop/slow down and take a breath. I can see how hauling a double quilt through the machine would be tiring, too.

I had to do this on my old machine, because I don’t have a walking foot for the new one yet. But I think this will be even easier on the Singer – it has a much bigger working area to the left of the needle, which would help avoid ‘drag’ on that side from the weight of the quilt. And I’m keen to give free motion quilting a try now – that must be even more fun! Perhaps there’s a pot holder or two in my future…

Next up, trim it, bind it, wash it, admire it! But first, I’m linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict – I think first time quilting gets a Whoop Whoop! A linky to Richard’s LAFF, too. The first rule of Richard’s blog is there are no rules, so I’ll link even though it’s not a finish 🙂

7 thoughts on “Baby’s first quilting!

  1. That looks great! I just machine quilted my first quilt (I’m a hand quilter) and yours looks way better than mine! Great job and congratulations on doing something new.

  2. First of all, lovely little quilt! Whoop whoop!!!

    Second, your new machine looks wonderful! You should have a lot of fun quilting with that. And if you’ll quilt on your dining room table (or something similarly large) you can let the table bear the weight of the quilt to the left of your needle, which makes it a lot easier to work with!

    Third, I love your handle, Captain Stitchy Pants! I’ll look forward to seeing a lot more of you on Whoop Whoop Fridays. Would love love love to be able to email you directly – but you are a no-reply blogger. If you want to fix that problem, read this blogpost: http://www.pleasant-home.com/2010/12/so-exciting-less-no-reply-bloggers.html and she explains how to fix it!

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