When last we left our hero…

I’ve been a bit busy and have gotten woefully behind in my blogging, also, I was in a motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to be comfortable to type at my desk…

i was pretty lucky, but the tank won't hold gas anymore:(
i was pretty lucky, but the tank won’t hold gas anymore:(

Anyway, to pick up where I left off – I DID finish my quilt by the deadline I set myself. Because I’m amazing.

Pinning the 3 layers together was no big deal. Then I trimmed it a little and began quilting.  I had read the instructions for how much open area was too much for my particular batting, and decided to ONLY stitch-in-the-ditch.  I soon discovered that stitching in the ditch was not as easy as I thought it would be.  You have to be MORE patient and careful about making straight lines since there is a seam you’re following.  I did pretty good, but had some misses -nothing to make me tear out any of the quilting.

ditch stitching, sometimes not quite on the ditch...
ditch stitching, sometimes not quite on the ditch…
It would have helped too if I had used a more color matched thread, but I used the same grey I had done all my other sewing with…  live and learn.

Lastly, of course, was the edge binding.  I had discussed this with my fab instructors because I’m not a fan of hand sewing.  It’s so damn time-consuming!!  But Patsy and Charlotte suggested (not altogether gently;) ) that I had done everything “correctly” up to this point it would be a shame to not finish like a champ.  So I sucked it up, put some terrible movies on the computer and hand-sewed the last of the binding on.  yes yes, hold your applause;)

hard at work hand sewing
hard at work hand sewing
sometimes i don't think my fingers were made for such fine needlework...
sometimes i don’t think my fingers were made for such fine needlework…
binding: the machine sewed side
binding: the machine sewed side
binding: hand sewed side
binding: hand sewed side
I took it out to the “Quilt and Dine” at Sew Hut on June 27th and got to show my finished quilt to my instructors:)  I’m very pleased with how it turned out.
my quilt and quilting ladies
my quilt and quilting ladies
Charlotte, my quilt, and me
Charlotte, my quilt, and me
Too bad it’s too warm to use it!  (there are rumors of Charlotte and Patsy teaching a more advanced quilting class…  I’m on the list if they do)