The Big Reveal: My First Quilt

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Ah, I am done!  Claire slept with it last night.  I have spent a few evenings covered with it while slipstitching the binding to the back.  (No one warned of this last, time-consuming step!)  (Okay, my fault for not reading the book all the through first.:)  I conclude it will be the soft, comfiest quilt I will ever make.  Because I am never making a quilt out of japanese double cotton gauze ever again!  It stretches and it unravels.  What I mean by stretches is that when you slightly move it, it becomes uneven.  I don’t know how to describes this better.  It is a loose weave (good for handquilting?) and when you manhandle it, it does not keep the the weave at the 90 degrees angles, so it gets all wonky.  But it is done, and I am happy with it.  I just had to include a picture of it all pinned.  Over 300 safety pins!  I will never forget doing that with a toddler and corgi hovering at the sides, wanting to pounce on it.

The fabric is from the Far, Far Away line by Heather Ross for Kokka.  The backing is also double cotton gauze that I bought from Fabric Tales.  The batting is Quilter’s Dream Select.  It is very warm!  I was surprised because it isn’t too thick.  I did a simple grid machine quilting because this was my first time.  I am very happy with the results.  There was a lot going on with the color and design, so it didn’t need a crazy stitch pattern.  The quilt pattern itself is from AllPeopleQuilt.com.  It is “Sherbert Rail Fence” by Alice Kennedy.  It is 62×62 and I think I will never make something this big again!  It is a throw size and big enough for two to snuggle under on the couch and big enough to drape over a full size bed as a decorative blanket.  It is quite big enough for little Claire and she loves it.  I hope it can withstand all the years she will use it.  If not, I’ve got scraps to fix it with!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by emiie on September 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Amber- it is a work of art! Great job.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Amanda on September 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Amber, the quilt is gorgeous! Claire is a lucky girl.

    Reply

  3. Amber!
    This is beautiful!!! I think I would hang this, not use it as a blanket!

    Reply

    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on September 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

      I think I am gonna have to because it is too big and heavy for Claire to manage. She likes her blanket just so around her feet and body. I’m glad you like it~

      Reply

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