Friday, June 11, 2010

My 1st quilt- not done....

Well, I worked frantically yesterday to finish My First Quilt on time, but it just didn't happen for me.

I ,finally, got a layout I liked (which took FOR_EVER!) William had to help me organize them and make sure that the same fabrics weren't touching... well, some still are, but it was inevitable.

and I forgot to purchase fabric for the backing when I was in Dallas picking out all of these, so I had to run to Hancock's yesterday and get a backing. I like this one, it has little daisy's on it. I would have rathered it been pink, but they didn't have anything that matched. ugh. I miss BIG fabric stores with BIG fabric selections...

Well... I knew at 1 a.m when I hadn't even started quilting it that it was a lost cause for completing it but I did get it smoothed out and taped to the ground and pinned, which was easier than I thought it would be.

So, I set up my machine this morning and got ready and tried my little sample, but it looks terrible!!!

I don't know why. I tried everything I could think of to get the stitches to look pretty to no avail. I especially think the back looks GROSS!

And I've always admired amazing quilters, like my Grandma Regner and Mama T, but I definitely have a new level of appreciation for their immaculate work. It's pretty DARN amazing!

Here's William holding up what I have done.
He and Ella both want quilts, now, too. Go figure.

I'm gonna call around to see how much it costs to have it quilted professionally.
Wish me luck!


Care said...

It looks like a tension problem! Do you have anyone nearby who could help you adjust it?

It looks fantastic -- I love your fabric choices!

BConky said...

It's adorable. Love it.

Janay said...

Adorable! Fantastic job piecing!

I agree, it looks like a tension issue, and I struggle with this when doing free-motion. Did you drop your feed dogs and use a free-motion (or darning) foot?
I think you'll find professional quilting to be pretty pricey. It may be better in the long run to purchase a walking foot for your machine and quilt by stitching in the ditch or other straight line quilting.
I'm so impressed! I started Dashiell's baby quilt a week before he was born (yes, very late in the game, but he did arrive a touch early...) and haven't returned to it since!

Kimberlee said...

That is wonderful. I l-o-v-e the backing fabric! Quilting is a learned skill. That is why I decided to hand quilt my husbands quilt (my five-year project that's still in progress), LOL!

megangorman said...

ohhhhh it's soooooooooooo cute!! i can't wait for her to use it! thank you

JennyLyn said...

It turned out darling. My first quilt was like that on my attempt to machine quilt. I had to learn...still learning where to change my tension to and the speed of the machine versus my moving around the fabric.

A Plus Quilt Shop said...

when I was learning to free motion quilt, I would get so frustrated and want to cry everytime! It is definately a learning curve. I set my stitch at 0 and put my speed to slow (most people say to go fast) and moved my hands even slower and this worked for me to practice with. I finally got the hang of it and was able to up my speed. I used quite a few quilt sandwiches to practice with~! Keep trying, you will get it really soon!

Janay said...

Hey, any progress on your quilt? :)