The quilt is quilted.
I am really glad I enrolled in Ann Peterson’s “Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine” Craftsy course. (I snatched it up when it was on sale too!) This project was way out of my comfort zone and, as I’ve said before, beginners need an expert to hold their hands.
Craftsy courses are video lectures by some amazing craft teachers, including the fabulous Gertie and Kenneth D. King. In addition to the professionally produced videos, the courses provide downloadable course materials and access to a handy note-taking system. However, the best part of the course, in my opinion, is that the instructor is available to answer any questions that you have.
I have only had a chance to get through the first five out of eight lessons, but they are the only ones that apply to finished quilt tops. I can always come back to the course later to finish up if I want.
Knowing Ann had my back, I tackled the quilting project.
First step, I set up my quilting area. I am not a regular quilter and I don’t have one of the expensive and fancy quilting tables. Instead, I made the biggest area I could out of a table, desk, and ironing board. I needed all that room to support the quilt as I was working on it. Not perfectly ergonomical, but I am not going to be quilting on a regular basis.
Then I set up my machine with a walking foot, an Ann-recommended size 14 “Topstitching” needle, and threads for the top and bottom. I took another tip from Ann and tested my stitches on the extra batting at the edge of the quilt.
Then, I “ditched” the borders and blocks. Sounds easy enough, but I quickly discovered just how terrible I am at quilting. My stitches wobbled all over and sometimes the quilt would not feed properly and the stitch length was affected.
It was then I started my mantra…
It’s for a kid. He won’t care. It’s for a kid. He won’t care. He will love it because you made it for him. It’s for a kid. He won’t care…
Next, I decided to ignore the “Avoid quilting patterns with a lot of turns” advice and decided to ditch the road.
That was a mistake.
Maneuvering a twin sized quilt around those curves was not easy, and the “road” is a lot longer than it looks.
Plus, I decided to use grey thread because I crossed over top of the grey roads, so you can really see the mistakes on the yellow parts. wonderful.
It’s for a kid. Finished is more important than perfect…
Seriously, the whole quilt looks like this, and there are lots of little puckers where the lines of stitching come together too.
Once I survived that humbling experience, I quilted half circles in the border…
..and I was done.
Look at this face. Do you think he cares that his mom did an amateur job on his quilt?
The last step is the binding and a quilt label…
…if my kids will let me have the quilt back to finish it.