I had been posting about my sewing and I can FINALLY post that I have this quilt done. It's very satisfying to go from cuts of fabric purchased at a quilt shop, to planning, cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, binding, and washing to a finished, honest-to-goodness quilt.
I loosely followed Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial on her Flea Market Fancy measurements quilt, but I ended up tweaking it a little bit to make it work for me (meaning: I had to account for my errors and miscalculations!).
All the fabrics are from Amy Butlers Daisy Chain line. Green has always been my favorite so I knew the first quilt I wanted to make for myself had to be green. I love the way it goes with the white and the gray. All the solid colors are Kona Cottons.
The back is pieced with white rectangles that I mistakenly cut an inch to short to use in the sashing on the front - oh well, happy accidents.
I quilted it all on my machine doing a random all over stippling pattern. It was SO much easier than I thought it would be - previously I had only done stippling on smaller doll quilts and coasters. At times it was a little fussy having to maneuver the big quilt through my machine, but nothing a little creative folding and pinning couldn't manage.
I didn't prewash any of my fabrics on purpose because I wanted to end up with the great crinkly, shrinked up look the quilt would get after being washed and dried. I washed it on cold with one of those color-catcher sheets (which I basically didn't need, it came out white) and then dried it on high heat. It did shrink up quite a bit - the finished size is 75x57 - it's a perfect size for me, but I must have lost about 2-3 inches from the width and the length in drying. I forget the dimensions it was before washing.
The dark gray binding is my favorite, I was afraid it was going to be too stark of a contrast but I really love the way it turned out. I think it makes the squares on the front really pop.
And one last thing, I wanted to do something special on it (I'm still debating on if I want to do fabric labels on my quilts) - can you spot what I worked into the quilting in this picture?
If you need a closer look:
It wasn't too difficult and I thought it was a sweet little way of working a little more of myself into it. And Mason loves to search around the perimiter trying to find it.
Lastly, I can't think of a name for this quilt! It's kind of the "thing to do" to name your quilts but I am SO not creative in this department. Right now it's just "The Thing That Follows Erin Around From Bed to Couch to Table". Any ideas?
Let me know if you have any questions about making a quilt, I'll try to answer them in the comments.