Friday, April 5, 2013

Cute, Fun, and DONE!


My twister quilt (started two months ago, almost to the day) is finally finished!  I'm actually a little embarrassed to admit that this little quilt took so long.  For some reason I have been super distracted in the last few months- wonder if getting sick twice, going on a few vacations, and planning a wedding... had something to do with it :)


I tried something a little different on this quilt and decided to try machine stitching my binding on (thank you to redpepperquilts for the tutorial!).  I can't say I am in love with this method- yet.  I feel like it took me just as long as if I had stitched it on by hand- but the fact that I actually had another binding fabric on and then took it off and started all over again may have had something to do with that :)  I thought I wanted something bright and colorful, but in the end the gray with white spots added just the right frame- subtle enough to let the pinwheels stand out but enough contrast from the border to frame the quilt nicely. 


For the most part I managed to catch the binding on the back while stitching in the ditch on the front, but there were four small spots I had missed and needed to go back over.  Not too bad for a first attempt though.  I think the key is definitely a good pressing and good pinning.... I might have slacked on that last one.  I hate pins.  I used binding clips, but the metal ones that look like hair barrettes.  I haven't pulled the plug and bought the Clover Wonder Clips yet- they are so expensive!  Are they really so great that they are worth the price? 

While I was washing the quilt I decided to toss my pillow cover in too.... turns out my sergered seams did not hold up as well as I expected :(


*Sad*  Hoping it is just a case of user error.  My guess is I did not catch enough of the fabric in the seam- not an uncommon problem for me.  Will try again- still love my serger, just have to learn how to use it, perhaps I will actually read the manual :)

10 comments:

  1. Allison, this quilt is adorable! I love all the color -- perfect for spring!

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  2. Your twister quilt turned out great!

    I just started using the Clover Wonder Clips and I must say that I love them and they are definitely worth the price. I started out with a pack of 12 just to try them out and then picked up another pack of 12 because I like them so much. I used to use little metal bulldog clips from the office supply store, but I like the Wonder Clips much better. And if you have a Joanns near by you can use their 40% off coupons to bring down the price.

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback on the clips! I do have a Joann's by me, might need to grab a coupon and swing over there :)

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  3. your quilt is very pretty! I was skeptical about Wonder Clips too, until I tried them. they are now one of my favorite sewing tools! they are great anytime you need to hold bulky layers together for sewing - I've used them when making coasters and sewing bag seams as well as binding.

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    1. Oh you and Super Mom above are really tempting me!! Especially since I have a bag I want to make for a teacher gift, clearly I will NEED these clips ;)

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  4. Lovely quilt! Love the bright colors.

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    1. Thank you! These two fabric lines did have great colors and they worked so nicely together.

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  5. Sorry to hear the seams did not hold :-(
    I love your fabric choice! Cute pattern too!
    Esther

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it was a bit disappointing to see that the seams did not hold up- but I am just chalking it up to a lesson learned.

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