A year ago when I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new grand child, I started sewing a quilt. I wasn’t sure if the baby would be a boy or girl but I started a quilt anyway. I had a boy in mind for this quilt if the baby ended up being a girl so it wasn’t a loss.
I was inspired by this book.
…and this particular quilt.
I had a blast making it.
The baby ended up being a girl so that quilt went to the front and center and this quilt ended up going in the closet.
The other day I was cleaning in the closet and ended up finding this and ended up upset with myself. This was going to be Scottie’s quilt. AH!!
For those of you who don’t know, Scottie is our grandchild. We didn’t meet him until Buck and Lora got together. He was Lora’s first and now he’s all of ours. He’s a sweetheart and we all love him. Carver and him get along great. Because of his late arrival to our family, he didn’t get a baby quilt when he was tiny, so this bigger quilt I thought would be perfect for him.
I had thought I would quilt this on my domestic machine so I could do some close line quilting….I ran into trouble though. The quilt waves. Yep. I made a wavy quilt. It’s bunchy and not quite right.
People have commented that they like the blog because “I’m real”….well this is as real as it gets. I’m not a perfect quilter. I make mistakes. I goof up. This quilt is proof. It looks lovely to the eye colorwise but not structurally.
I thought I should set the quilt aside and make a new one but then I decided: Nope. I’m not putting it back in the closet. I am quilting it. If it turns out, it will be Scottie’s quilt. If not, it will go on to charity.
First up thread selection….
You can see how the quilt hangs off the frame that I’ll likely be in trouble as I go along. You can see in the photo that the quilt won’t lay nicely. See?
I decided to go with the boxes motif. It works good when trying to hide excess fabric. I’ve had to do it before with a few charity quilts and have been happy with the results. I thought I’d try it again.
As I moved towards the center, the problems increased. You can see that it’s not laying flat at all. I managed to make it through without puckers.
From there I moved forward…UGH. You can see that there is excess fabric in the bottom center. I knew it would be a challenge.
As hard as tried I did end up with a pucker. I debated about ripping it out and trying again, but I didn’t think it would make much difference.
This picture really shows the excess fabric in the center. It was impossible to keep the squares on the motif square on the quilt. I started second guessing my choice of square as the motif. Well, it was WAY too late now to do anything different.
Do you know why it’s wavy? I do.
This quilt is mostly adding borders and adding borders and adding borders. Well, when I added them, I didn’t measure the base, then measure the piece I was adding on. I simply sewed the next border on without measuring first. This is a newbie mistake and I should have know WAY better but I didn’t apply the technique to this quilt. UGH.
I like my backing…that’s one thing I did right. I did like the color selection too.
I was up early in the morning to work on this quilt. My hope was to finish it before childcare started but alas…I left it at this point.
…and this is the point I am cutting off this blog post. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to see the results. I promise a finished quilt…and just like I did, you’ll have to wait for the results. So will the quilt be passed on to charity, or will it shape up after washing and be okay to gift to Scottie?