Quilt Journal

October 6, 2016

I have officially finished my 3rd quilt!  It was completed just in the nick of time too because my deadline to leave for my co-worker's family baby shower was quickly approaching!  The baby's gender is going to be a surprise so I used a combination of orange, greens, yellows, and red for this unisex baby quilt.

Quilt Started: August 7, 2016

Quilt Finished: September 24, 2016

Pattern: Baby Kisses - Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial

Colors and Fabric Used: Orange, Yellow, Green, Red, Safari theme cotton fabrics from my stash

Pieced and Quilted by: Me :)

Quilted with love for: Co-worker Crystal R. & Baby Peanut 

What I learned from completing this quilt....

  • Adding some piecing to the back side of the quilt makes for a fun backing, but hard to align your quilt top and batting perfectly.
    • I ended up having to trim one side of my quilt top because the backing wasn't perfectly lined up.  ((Fellow quilters know the troubles of always having that one thing that bugs you about your finished quilt....))
  • Sometimes changing your needle can make a HUGE difference.
    • I kept having my thread break when I was doing my free motion quilting.  Come to find out, I wasn't using a large enough needle.  This was causing my thread to shred because the eye was too small to accommodate the thread, causing stress and friction which resulted in breaking the top thread.

    • Thankfully my mom came to the rescue with some new needles and I was back on track!

  • You must be in the 'Zone' for Free motion quilting

    • I went home for my nephew's birthday party and decided to stop at my mom's to do a little free motion quilting on her Juki.  ((Side note: Her Juki is AWESOME! You can lift the presser foot and cut the bobbin thread - hands free!!...needless to say, I want one.))  Even though her machine is perfect for quilting, my stitches just weren't coming out how I wished.  Out of frustration, I decided to call it a night as I realized I just wasn't in the 'zone' for quilting.  It had been a long day and I was not producing the quality of work I wanted since I was tired and not truly focused.
  • What you don't like....you can always redo.
    • Not happy with some of my quilting, I sat on the couch the next night with seam ripper in hand and tore out the sections I wasn't 100% happy with, while enjoying some Netflix time with Ryan. :)
    • This is probably one of the hardest things I've had to overcome with sewing projects...taking the time to redo work that doesn't turn out as you may have wanted.  It's always easier to try to convince yourself it's not "that bad" but you'll be so much happier with the end project when you take the time to make it right.  ((Easier said than done sometimes))  
  •  Lastly, hand sewing the binding to your quilt comes in handy because you can do it in the car :)