Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sloppy Seconds

I give you my shittacular second attempt at quilting.


Such a Monet.

Because when you get up close you can see the godawful binding.


Or the mis-matched piecing.


Awful. But whatever. I wanted to try my hand at machine quilting for a change.



I also felt it needed a little something else, so I added some Christmas buttons I had salvaged from something:


I'm going to go ahead and blame either the thread I used or the machine for the shitty quilting.

Things I learned from this quilt:

Take care where you want your binding to hit and plan accordingly when you cut out everything.

As shitty as I thought my hand quilting was, it's not as bad as the crap my machine does.

I've got an idea for the leftover fabric from this debacle that should turn out MUCH nicer!



Blogger Jo said...

It's still ten billion times better than anything I can do. Every time I use my MIL's sewing machine I am sure the needle is going to go through my finger.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

A girl's gotta start somewhere, right?! I will quilt one day. And it will probably look like that too :0)

8:39 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I am always amazed at how well quilters get all those corners to match up. That's a level of devotion to craft that I'm not sure I have (or ever will have)

9:13 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

That's why quilters make a bunch of 'samplers'-practice. Also, I suspect there are some tricks of the trade, my MIL keeps going on courses for quilting.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

I think it looks great. I've done a bunch of bindings and not one of them is perfect at all. Also, I've spent hours picking out bad stitches too. Keep going at it and try a different thread. It might make all the difference.

Oh and do you have a walking foot? That makes machine quilting with straight lines and bidning like 99% easier!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know if you did not point out the flaws we would not have been able to see them.
To quote Georgia Bonesteel, "If a knight on a galloping horse can't see the flaws they are OK!"
Hey! I like that snowball pattern!
In getting your corners to match it is ALL in the pinning!!!


Love, Mom

11:44 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Dont say that. Remember the first time you attempted spinning? It looks great!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm with Jo! And I still think it's cute! What ever happened with the boss who does work for the big-name sewing machine company, and was going to get you a deal on a machine? You haven't mentioned anything about it.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

It is cute! Love the fabric too! Hey, um..there is a reason I only sew the binding to the quilt with my machine, then turn it over and hand quilt the binding to the back...I suck at machine binding it too!

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quilt looks great for your second attempt at quilting. I'm still pondering making an attempt at quilting. I have lots of the kids' old t-shirts that I would love to try & make a t-shirt quilt for each one of them. Maybe...someday...
Love, Aunt Susan

8:07 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

it looks like you picked a difficult pattern to piece but the finished hanging doesn't look too bad. i'm sure your next one will be even better!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Such hard words! I'd call it a good second effort.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Is it perfect? No. But it's super cute & festive!!! And you're learning more and more with each project. I think it's great and you should definitely keep quilting. =)

8:20 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I think it looks great! Who even looks that closely? If you hadn't pointed the design features out, we wouldn't have noticed.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Rocky Moreno said...

Good job, like the fabric you went with.

8:57 AM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

I think you know I'm a quilter. Everyone's first attempts at machine quilting suck. Everyone's. I think this quilt looks great. Is it going to win any awards? No. But I think it looks just fine. Don't be so hard on yourself!

10:05 PM  

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