Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quilt #1

I just ate the fortune cookie that came with my dinner... "A palm can say a lot, especially when it smacks." ... that's not a fortune, that's a threat! Oh dear!

Well, it's 11:15pm as I'm starting to write this post, but the deadline for the Men Quilt Too! competition is 9am tomorrow, so I made it! My first quilt, finished and in time for the competition!

I missed posting a photo of the binding tape, but suffice to say, Friday night we got that ran through the little manual bias tape maker, and ironed (without running over my fingers!)... and this evening I sat down with the sewing machine and attached it to the quilt. It was harder keeping it straight because the seams and edges I had to line up with the quilting foot on the machine were a lot less pronounced than the ditch I sewed in when doing the main quilting... but with a little help (especially at the corners!) I think it is done and looking fine for a first quilt! ... what do you think?

photo of the final quilt, the top corner is turned over to show the reversible underside which is a pattern of owls and apples.

So that first photo shows the main random patchwork of the top, in blues, beige and red type colours. The reverse is a backing of lots of owls and apples, in colours which should complement the top. And then there is a tan coloured binding of about 1 inch along the edges, with mitred corners for a nice fancy edge!

Here is a close-up of the edge detail:

photo close-up of the quilt showing the edge binding

So there we have it! The Men Quilt Too! show and competition starts on Oct 1st until 15th, so I'll remind you when it's time to vote. If you see anything that I could do better or differently then do let me know your suggestions! Tomorrow night I go to my first quilt club meeting at Irondequoit Quilt Club... I'm not sure if it's a meeting night or a sewing night, but I'm looking forward to it all the same!

And if you get the fortune cookie that says "you will do well in a competition" eat it for me ;)

Once I've finished this cup of tea it's surely bed time!!


  1. Ooh! I'm first to say congratulations!! It looks great. Love the owls! If I win lotto I'll pop over and show you the easy way to bind :)

  2. Wow! Fab quilt! Well Done! I think the fortune was good as you'll be smacking down the competition with this quilt! hehe!

  3. Brilliant job! (dont know why but I'd missed this post) Very impressed, and will definitely be voting :-)

  4. Excellent! Applause for being able to stitch in all those ditches. I've never been able to manage that, so I specialize in long wavy lines. That way you can't go wrong!

  5. Congrats Giles on entering your first quilt :) It's awesome. I found your blog through the quilt show, and am also following your GT Music Review for my hubby. You have a little something for everyone! Kudos again, and good luck with the show!
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  6. What a great finish! That binding looks better than I could do on the machine.