I'm sure you've all come across the saying: To quilt is human...to finish divine!? That's how I feel about this latest baby quilt. Yes, I finished all the hand applique and the machine quilting. Better than that is the feeling that I did a pretty good job and that's saying something because I'm usually quite critical of my own work. My applique circles are not completely round but I doubt that anyone would notice (unless you held up the template and examined each one)!
On the positive side, I learned quite a few things about quilting while making this baby quilt many of which I picked up from my daily reading of quilting blogs. For example, to learn how to make perfectly round appliqued circles (this info will be used when I make my next applique quilt!!!) check out Kim's pictorial tutorial. Then check out the results she gets in her cherry block (very cute!)
When it came to hand sewing on the binding, I decided to try Dorothy's method over at Morning Pages. She uses a ladder stitch that sews up really fast and becomes almost invisible. I had been getting painstaking results with a modified applique stitch before but Dorothy's method is so much faster!
So big 'thankyous' to Kim and Dorothy for their 'virtual' help - isn't this world getting smaller? Wow!
I even managed to sew my label on the back!
And finally, I must show you this picture of 'Mademoiselle Misty' who has decided to grace our picture with her presence! Our wonderful house helper Arti is holding up the quilt (she feels shy about her feet being in the picture!) but I told her I must show all the quilters in blogland our 'cute kitty'!
Quilter's thought for the day:
Count your blessings, stitch them one by one!