Are you ready? Can you handle the excitement?
My quilt is complete! I'm calling it our heirloom. At first the Engineer told me this was impossible. "You can't make something to be a heirloom. It becomes an heirloom over time." I informed him he was wrong. I was working hard on that bad boy and it had to have more significance or else I was just going to throw in the bucket or whatever it is they say. It's a handmade quilt. It just has to be our one and only heirloom. After he watched me work tirelessly over this ridiculous grandma project and have a couple of meltdowns (you know when I sewed the thing together wrong side out or when I cut a piece of fabric too short) he has had a change of heart and is graciously calling it our "heirloom". So that, my friends, will be the quilts new name, Heirloom.
It's kind of like our baby right now...you know our pride and joy.
My secret quilt tattoo. I highly recommend adding a special touch on your favorite block. This way the grandkids know you actually made it. Since they're actually going to want a raggedy old quilt someday...
Now for my second and final quilting lesson. Since I now have so much knowledge to pass on to you. If you know what the words batting and mitered and bias and binding mean in the quilt world then you should probably stop reading at this point, because I'm about 5 notches below you.
Lesson #2: Once you have your strips sewn together, cut the backing fabric and batting (I choose an 80/20 cotton poly blend) down to fit. Layer the three together. Make sure everything is facing the same way...I had issues in this department...and sew all three together. Then sew about 1/4 inch down all the seams (I just did the vertical seams). I used red thread to make this stitching stand out.
Based on my initial inspiration you may remember that I liked a quilt with a fun backside. I tried to add this to my quilt as well.
Finally to get rid of all those nasty edges you'll need to make some sort of edging. I found lots of websites that teach one to do this, but they tell you to hand sew - A LOT. And that is not something I'm interested in at all, so...I made up my own way and it meets my first and last time quilting standards. I followed this lovely blogger's directions and when she said to hand sew I plopped that bad boy into my machine and used red thread to make it look intentional. Here are the pictures of what my method looks like.
Finally, I washed it in about 5 gallons (ok quarter gallon, but still...) of vinegar to prevent any bleeding. All in all it took me about 1 week to make this quilt. I did have a day off last week to work on it and most of my evenings last weekend went towards it, but that isn't so bad.