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!

8 comments:

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? :)