Last night I washed my Eighty Block Quilt (very small amount of detergent with a lot of Gain Softener) & dried it for about 10 minutes. Then I hung it up to dry the rest of the way (I used pants hangers and hung it over my door).
This is what it looks like when it's all done. I LOVE the raw edges. In my beginner opinion ..... it's the perfect Quilt to start with!!
My first quilt is officially done and I have enjoyed every minute!! (oops I mean my first two quilts are done...who would think I'd make another so fast....that's what happens when I have no electronics to keep me busy.)
Here are some Q & A's
Q. How did I get the final quilting done?
A. I took it to a Long Arm Quilter and she finished it for me.
Q. What did I take to the Long Arm Quilter?
A. My Quilt Top, Batting, Backing Fabric & Binding Fabric.
Q. What was the first step after you made the Quilt Top?
A. I took it to our local quilt shop and they measured it and told me how much fabric I needed for my Backing & Binding and Batting.
Q. Did you do your own binding?
A. No, Shirley has a machine that will do it for me. My time is worth money & I figured I would have her do it. If I had more time, I might give it a whirl but my business right now is more than a full time job :)
Q. Will you have instructions available?
A. Yes, after Convention I'll provide a video tutorial for free and the written instructions will be available for a small fee. (I am looking for someone with PhotoShop experience to help me).
For now..... I have a video available on how to make the Flower Quilt Block.
Q. What is the finished size?
A. The Eighty Block quilt has 80 blocks and the throw has 42 Blocks. (I'm still calling it the Eighty Block Quilt...even though it's a 42 block throw.) I'm not sure what the finished size is...based on your seam allowance, yours may be a tad different when it's all done. When you finish your Quilt Top the ladies at the Quilt shop will measure it and tell you how much fabric you need for the back and the binding. I took my first quilt to one store and the second one to a different store (we are lucky to have three stores in our area and one of them is less than 10 minutes from me). If you don't have a local quilt shop, ask around...I bet you have some local ladies that can help you right from their home.
Some extra info:
I've always wanted to quilt but a few things held me back. 1. I tend to jump with in with two feet .....or you could say I like to run before I walk. I knew once I tried it ...... I would be hooked. 2. I was afraid I might not be good enough. You know how you start something that you've never done and everyone around you is so much better? I was afraid to be in that beginner position again.
I will forever be grateful that Jill not only taught me how to make the quilted flowers but she also drove me the quilt shop and helped me buy my fabric!!
Last but not least.....if you want to give Quilting a try. Please .....just do it :) What's holding you back? If you have concerns I'd be happy to help you. When I started my quilt.... I started with one block and then I made 80 of them. Next I sewed the rows together...making sure I matched the seams (I was off in a few areas). When it was all done I just drove to the store and they walked me through it.... I'll never forget walking into Prairie Point with my first quilt...both of the ladies were so nice and were very happy to help me with my first quilt. Last but not least ....the final quilting.... Shirley put a rush on it because she knew it was my baby and I was having a hard time leaving it with her. I am very blessed and I'm so thankful!!
Have a great day!!
p.s. to make a Quilt top....all you need is a sewing machine...a quilting machine is nice but if you already own a machine you'll be okay.