Over the weekend I was able to quilt and bind the wall hanging I am making for my daughter-in-law. I’m so pleased with the finish and I’m sure she’s going to like it as well.

You can read the first post about this quilt here.

I apologize in advance for the poor lighting on the pictures.  I’ve been waiting all week to get outdoor shots but the weather hasn’t cooperated.  I finally turned on every light in the house and took some shots for you. 🙂

Wall hanging Completed Quilt

Finished Quilt – “Together”

This quilt stretched me creatively even though it’s a simple design. I learned so much about quilting design and would like to share some of my process with you.

Choosing the quilting design took some time and for me is the most fun part of making a quilt.  I will usually drape a finished quilt top over the love seat in my living room and study it for a day or two to decide how to quilt it. Sometimes ideas come right away; other times I use a lot of resources to find an idea – Pinterest, blogs, quilting books.  I sketch out different ideas until one finally feels right and then I go with it.

Together-Sketch

My very sloppy sketching!

Crosshatch Quilting Design

I immediately knew I wanted to quilt diagonal lines in the center block.  I changed that to the crosshatch design and I’m so glad I did.  I didn’t mark the lines, instead I choose to use a ruler to get in some practice. I like the way it looks and I definitely got to practice the ruler! It took a couple of tries to figure out how to hold the ruler while keeping it straight and moving both the fabric and the ruler while stitching. Once I figured it out I was good to go.

My borders were a bit wavy, so I stitched in the ditch around all the borders to help stabilize the top before quilting it. I haven’t done this before (except for an occasional block) and it kept me from having any puckers. It definitely took some time, but the result looks more professional so I see myself doing that again. (Yes, I now know why I had wavy borders, in the future I will attach them the correct way.)

Feathers Quilting Design

Feathers in Corner

Feathers. Oh, what can I say? When I’m stitching them I think they look awful, then, when they are done I’m okay with them. I definitely need lots more practice on feathers to feel more comfortable!

Wonky Square Quilting

Wonky Square Quilting

I changed the design while I was quilting the top. Sometimes what works on paper just doesn’t feel right when I’m stitching and I end up changing the design. In this case, there were to be feathers in the second large border. I changed that design to the one in the above pic and really like how it looks.

Together-Anchor

Anchoring Stitch

For the outside border, I first secured the border by sewing an anchoring line about 1/8″ from the edge. I did this for the first time when I made this mini quilt. It keeps everything straight and again, pucker free. I will definitely be doing this to all the tops I quilt from now on.

Border Quilting Design

I quilted straight lines to connect the quilting design back to the crosshatch in the center. I did these lines on my sewing machine using my walking foot. I thought about doing a crosshatch but to be honest, I didn’t want to deal with all the stops/starts and burying threads. If I were using matching thread the track backs wouldn’t have been as obvious, then I would have stitched crosshatching. I think the straight lines are a good compromise.

I added hanging tabs to the back when I attached the binding. They look good and will provide an easy way for the quilt to hang on the wall.

So now I have one more gift finished! Yay! Now, I’m ready to work on those two commissioned quilts. Yes, the fabric finally came. There are lots of HST’s in my immediate future!

Don’t forget the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is Monday, December 8th. Be sure to stop by here and register to win some great patterns from Meadow Mist Designs and check Sew Mama Sew’s blog for other great giveaways!

Quilt Stats

Finished Size: 45 x 45

Quilt Name: “Together”

Pattern: Center Block – Town Square by This & That

Fabric: Mill Series – Collection for a Cause Charm Pack for front; Yardage for backing

Thread: So Fine! #406 Toast – 50w

Batting: Warm & Natural

Linking up with Needle & Thread Thursday and Finish It Up Friday. Be sure to check out all the great projects!