I received my walking foot in the mail and finally got around to quilting this quilt for my daughter, L. This was my first time to machine quilt and so I can't really tell you that the walking foot makes a huge difference, etc. as I've never done machine quilting with just a regular foot. However, it does seem like it works. I just had to determine how much I need to smooth out the layers of fabric. It has a couple puckers on the backside. I did redo a couple also, but left a couple others. L. won't care and for my first one I'm not going to stress about it.
Here is the completed quilt--already getting put to use on L.'s bed, even though it isn't made to fit her twin sized bed.I did put on traditional binding, but machine topstitched it so that I wouldn't have to hand sew it. BIG YUCK!! I do not like doing it if I don't have to and for this project I didn't have to. The quilt is going to get used daily and I want it to stay together.
After completing L.'s quilt I STILL had leftover scraps from the costumes. So I decided to try a little something different and make a baby quilt. (This is where the OCD kicks in--you just can't throw any amount of scraps away, and if one quilt is good then 2 must be better). I checked out a number of books from our local library on quilting and found this pattern in "Thinking Outside the Block" by Sandi Cummings. The quilt in her book was called Cutting Double Baby Quilt. There are a couple other variations in there that I want to try.......but not right now.
Back Side...and below the binding edge. I wanted to use up all the scraps thus the backside is a bit unconvential--really no rhyme or reason to any of it that I did. But I think it is still alright.L. thinks she should get the baby quilt too. I'm not sure what is going to happen with it. I know enough people having babies in the next couple of months that maybe one of them will get it. Hubby thinks the dark blue looks too girly--even though it is shells. So we'll see. We have a long weekend off from school so maybe we'll have to have a little quilting class and L. can make her own baby quilt and do with it whatever she wants.