My first quilt is done:

"H Block" Quilt from Even More Quilts for Baby

"H Block" Quilt from Even More Quilts for Baby

It looks okay from a distance (though, as I’ve said, don’t judge me on the fabric choice — I used cheap, unattractive fabric because this was a practice quilt).  But there are so many things wrong with this quilt.  First:

How do you prevent these accidentally sewn folds on the back while you're quilting when you can only see the top?

How do you prevent these accidentally sewn folds on the back while you're quilting when you can only see the top?

For the binding, I had absolutely zero plans to hand-sew because although I’m a bad machine sewer, I am a downright terrible hand-sewer.  So I decided to sew the binding on the front, fold over and then “stitch in the ditch” on the front side to attach it to the back, a technique explained in this video.  I even had the brilliant idea to use Wonder Tape to hold it down on the back side as I sewed.  It’s a great plan — in theory.  Look:

I am clearly not capable of stitching in the ditch.

I am clearly not capable of stitching in the ditch.

Is that stitching in the ditch?  Uh, that would be no.

Is that stitching in the ditch? Uh, that would be no.

And when your stitching in the ditch on the front side is wonky, the back looks...well, atrocious!

And when your stitching in the ditch on the front side is wonky, the back looks...well, atrocious!

So…lessons learned.  I am not deterred from wanting to quilt.  (As you’ve seen, I already have fabric for another one.)  But I am humbled by the quilting process.  Although I could do what many people do — piece the top and then  “send it out” to a professional for the quliting and binding — does that somehow make it less than handmade by me?  I’d be curious about others’ opinions here.   Looking back on the process, my piecing skills weren’t too bad — it was the quilting and especially the binding that sucked. 

This first quilt is so bad that I can’t even donate it to charity, which is what I was considering doing with it.  But as soon as it was done, my daughter asked if she could have it.  I was happy to give it to her and my heart was warmed when I checked on her late last night and found her sound asleep snuggled up under it.  And this morning, she carried it downstairs with her to breakfast.  So as flawed as the project is, it was clearly time well spent.

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P.S. On an unrelated note, I served as a guest blogger on my friends’ blog about Afghan cooking.  If you’re interested, here’s the link.

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