I finished my first quilt!
The quilt top pattern is MSQ Jelly Roll Race #1 and I used Kona Sunrise purchased from MSQ.
This was a great project to work on my “I need to figure out how to sew a straight line” problem.
I used my fabric guide and kept muttering “don’t look at the needle” and I actually ended up with pretty consistent seams (the quilting lines are another story!)
Next came the challenge of pinning my quilt top, batting and backing.
The challenge being that my son E claimed the quilt top and kept taking off with it.
My backing is simply made up of stash fabric that I pieced together (I didn’t think that far in advance and didn’t want to make a special trip for that amount of fabric).
I put out to my FB group the question “what is the best way to quilt a Jelly Roll Race top?”.
Most everyone said stitch in the ditch.
I’m not good at that 😦
I knew that would end up a mess (can’t sew a straight line with out my fabric guide remember???)
So I opted to line my presser foot up with my seams and sew a straight line approximately 1/2 inch away from the seam in a nice green thread.
Next up, the binding….oh the binding.
I followed Jenny from MSQ video tutorial for machine binding.
She suggests 2.5 inch strips, I opted for 3 inch strips.
Also using up stash fabric.
My binding is far from neat (I had trouble with the corners), but it is cute!
I learned a lot doing this project and I learned about things I need to work on and things I need to purchase.
I learned I LOVE wonder clips, they were great for the binding.
I learned I will need a walking foot if I continue quilting.
I need to make thicker binding strips.
I learned I need to tape the backing to the floor at the top to help keep everything straight when I pin (mine is a little crooked).
I learned I need to pin the quilt when my kids are not home 😉
My son has claimed it!
Finally, something I made that he wants!
Have a good week!