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 :)