Yup, OUCH! Never again will I use strait pins to baste a quilt that I have to do this much turning around in my sewing machine. I got stabbed multiple times before I took them all out and used safety pins. Live and learn, right?
So I just kept sewing the pieces on. Going and going. I decided my stash was too small. So I started looking around ebay and craigslist trying to see If I could get some scraps. I didn't find anything too promising, or as cheap as I would've liked. So I started searching for fabric groups on Facebook in search of good deals. Then, lo and behold someone was offering a box of scraps for super cheap! The first box I got in the mail wasn't so great. Sucked, actually. Then another presented itself, and it was glorious!!! Amazing!!! So many dots, stripes, and beautiful vibrant colors! It was just what I was looking for. The pieces were really quite small, but perfect for their purpose. I could've never, ever bought that variety of fabrics for the steal I got it for.
I kept sewing and sewing. I was very excited about my variety, and took great care to not place any two fabrics too close to one another. Although, it did happen. Not sure how. I think your eyes start to play tricks on you. I changed things up about half way through the quilt. I began planning on the floor and pinning the scraps on about a dozen or so at a time, then taking it to my machine and sewing them all on. Repeated that many, many times.
At about this point it got quite difficult to pick out the next fabric choice. I kept thinking I was using the same fabric too frequently. I felt as though; if a fabric was in the center or on one side it shouldn't be in the center or that side again. Over thinking things much? Yes, I really was! I can still see where I think some fabrics are too frequent, but I don't think it's a bad thing anymore.
I even went in search of new fabrics. I was convinced I needed more variety. Eh, I could've done ok without them, but they are cute. I see them blending in so well with all the other scraps.
So here it is all trimmed up around the edges and ready for the binding! What?!?! I've never done binding before!! Lucky for me there are some great online tools and tutorials. Oh yea, I went and bought a binding tool as well.
So here it is.... All done. I think it's worth mentioning, I still have a ton of scraps left from that box I bought. I don't really think I made much of a dent in it at all.
Ta Da!!!! I'm in love. Of course binding choice wasn't easy. I went through a ton of options before I chose and felt great about this one.
The binding had me worried, but it was easy as pie! I'm anxious to do it again even.
Some more shots for your viewing pleasure. I am very excited about my first completed quilt.
Very proud, as you can tell by the number of pictures.
I did miss some threads here and there that must be trimmed, but I was too anxious and just had to share! I hope you enjoyed this project of mine.
Let me know what you think...