This is the first strip and you can see how the strips are rotated.
You can really see it coming together after I added the second strip of joined squares. This part went together rather quickly. Once again, it was just straight seams.Here are all the squares nicely put together and this time I managed to sew with the right seam allowance. Just like woodworking, measure twice, sew once!
I spent a good amount of time ironing. It's just easier to sew over the seams if they all laying flat. I still hate ironing, but I do like how nice it makes it look.
Onto the large outside border and then the top is complete.
Then it was time to put it all together.The backside fabric is placed faced down and then you sandwich the batting between it and the quilt top. The batting texture makes the fabric stick, so it can be a little frustrating trying to lay everything out nice and flat with no wrinkles. Time to pin into place.
A lot of pins! I didn't want this moving anywhere while sewing together. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have plenty of pins on hand.
After reading lots of posts online, I switching my foot to a "walking foot". It just helps the material feed through evenly. I had no idea what a walking foot was before this.
You can see the squares made on the backside. Very simple quilting for a beginner.
Then it was time to trim the batting. I cut it evenly with the quilt.
There was no way I was going to figure out how to add binding to this quilt, so I followed Dana's tutorial and used the backing by trimming it to one inch larger that the quilt around all four sides.
Fold up to the edge of the quilt, then fold over again and pin.
Last step was to add the signed label and then throw it in the wash. Now all I have to do is put it in the mail so it can be given away. Not bad for my first quilt. I'm not sure I will ever make a full-sized quilt. The bulkiness is difficult to manage as it is. Maybe with a little more practice. However, I'm pretty sure I'll keep this project in mind for future baby gifts. It was nice to do something different.
What are you working on this weekend?