Baby quilt : Machine quilting DONE!!

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Woo-hoo!! My very first machine quilted quilt DONE! 🙂 I took the easy route and quilted diagonal lines across the whole thing, I’m very happy with the end result!
After I basted this quilt (you can read about that here) , I had initially wanted to hand quilt it. I was doing a simple X, from corner to corner, in each square. But with many other projects at hand, I never got around to actually hand quilting it! So it sat in my closet for about a week, and I felt guilty not working on it every time I saw it sitting in there.. With the recipient’s baby on the way SUPER SOON, I knew I had to get a move on with this baby quilt.

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I started this project, maybe , two months ago. I planned on doing the quilt, and with the leftover fabric, I made a matching pillow cover. This was before I had my crafty room, so I worked on my living room table with the babies. Often times, working late at night, so the babies slept a lot thru the pillow cover making! 🙂
The front of the pillow cover is quilted with very random, double threaded, chunky stitches. And the back I quilted using a “basket weaving” stencil! I had a lot of fun putting this pillow cover together.

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When I was getting ready to machine quilt this, I was prepared for a bumpy road due to it being a 60″ quilt… I have a medium sized Babylock sewing machine with no extension table or a big throat space to shove the quilt through. But to my surprise, I had no trouble with it at all!! 🙂
After ripping out the few hand stitches, I hand quilted forever ago, I started my quilting with a line down the center of the quilt. I worked my way out, so a line down the center, then the following lines outwards. It was fun! 🙂 I’m excited to machine quilt another piece! I finally got the quilting walking foot, and I LOVE IT!

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I began quilting this baby quilt during my No-sew Labor Day weekend, and briefly mentioned this little incident on my Labor Day giveaway post. [ by the way, you still have time to enter my giveaway, click on the highlighted “labor day giveaway” above]
With the power out in my crafty room during Labor Day weekend, I decided to bring in my sewing machine and sew in my dining room table. My babies have NEVER seen my machine sew away at full speed, like I did when I began quilting this baby quilt. So when I was getting ready to start quilting, the babies were playing by my feet; I began to sew and Raymond absolutely freaked out and took off by pushing off of my foot. I hadn’t realized that he had scratched me until a few minutes later when I looked down to get the quilt folded. It didn’t hurt as bad as it looks, but I felt horrible scaring my little Ray like that!
How was the meet and greet between your furr-babies and your sewing machine?
My goodness, my babies took off like a horse on a race track!

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I don’t like binding the “right way”, I like to make the backing at least 4 inches wider than my top and fold it over. I fold and iron my “binding” and pin; this binding/ border is a little over an inch.

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I can now cross off this baby quilt from my To-Do list! 🙂 I can’t wait to send it off to the Mommy-of-2-to-be! I hope she likes it!
I managed to get most lines straight, but sometimes I did wave a little, hope no one notices! 😛
I forgot to mention, the fabrics used on this quilt were all found at Joann’s; Top and backing fabric is a mix of flannel and “snuggly” fuzzy fabric. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this picture loaded post!

Toodles for now,
Diana, Jeanie and Ray<3

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14 responses to “Baby quilt : Machine quilting DONE!!

  1. Congrats on your finish! Nice job on the quilting and love all the photos of the quilts and the babies. Thanks so much for following my blog.

  2. great job! And I like doing my binding the same way…also pin tacking my quilt as well, makes it easier doesnt it! 😉 I’m thinking I might pick up a pattern and also try some applique!

    • Thank you 🙂
      Hehe I’m a bit lazy when it comes to binding, but I’ll tackle “real binding someday! 😛
      Oh appliqué! I just started to try appliqué and I really enjoy it!
      Can’t wait to see what you appliqué!
      Thanks for reading!

  3. The photo series really brings home the amount of precision planning and dedication to make such a quilt. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement. What next we wonder?

    • I’m guilty of snapping pictures of EVERYTHING! Allowing me to post fun and picture loaded posts, which I assume people like. 🙂 I’m a visual learner, so I love pictures!
      Thank you for your comment! I’m enthusiastic about my next project: mug-rugs! 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

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