Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Man Quilt... Finished!

Well I can hardly believe it, I have finished my very first quilt!
Like its maker, it's a bit wonky & bumpy in places... plenty of room for improvement... but I've learned a lot... AND the best thing is... mr12 loves it, Woo Hoo!

So here are some details:
I've had a few questions about the fabric...the fabric is called 'ticking'; it's 100% cotton & traditionally was used as the outer for mattresses and pillows, these days used as a less hard-working home decorator fabric. Each strand is quite thick but very soft, and the fabric as a whole is very soft but durable.
Each of the squares was cut to 9inches, the whole quilt is 61inches by 78 inches, or 154cm x 197cm.
Yes, it's a big'un, & is based on a 'design sheet' I printed off the Spotlight website sometime ago...

Following an email from Maria (Life On The Block) I looked into how to fully machine stitch the binding, for great durability. I did indeed find some great info. So I stitched the binding to the back of the quilt, then folded it to the front, machine stitching it in place. I cannot believe that little ole me did such a good job of the binding! It is so neat I can't believe it...
So let the picture fest begin...


The back


Binding on front of quilt

Binding at back of quilt. I tell you, if I can do it this neat, anyone can!
Here's PegChook the Supervisor doing a quality control check of the binding... actually she is checking so closely, maybe I am mistaken & she is actually asleep!
And I just had to add these for cuteness factor... 
mr12 is very happy with his Man Quilt!

Ah, the rewards of being Site Manager!
Thank You everyone for your encouraging words & support... I have really enjoyed quilting & finishing the Man Quilt... I've learned more about my Pfaff... & continued my philosophy of trying new things & challenging myself... and now I've freed up a storage box in the Sewing Space!

28 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks fantastic Anthea...well done...

Susan said...

Congratulations. You have done such a great job on your first quilt. Here's to many more.

katherine said...

Looks fantastic! I like the sound of machine stitched binding as I hate that part lol all that handstitching is the pits sometimes.

Susan said...

Great work - especially since its your first. I don't mind thbe hand sewing but a machine finish is a great way to go if its going to be "well used"

Charlie and Wendy said...

Congratulations Anthea, the quilt looks great, perfect sewing and just right for a boy! Well done!

Leanne said...

Well done Anthea, your quilt looks wonderful. I hope you are proud of yourself, you should be.

Wendy B said...

worked just perfectly Anthea....bravo....very proud of you....as Mr12 is, I bet!!!! LOL
xox sugary hugs
wendy :O)

Michelle Ridgway said...

How Special is that. Well done. You have done a fantastic job.

Maria said...

That's great Anthea! Love the photos especially that 'site manager' :-)

Quilt Kitty said...

Fabulous Anthea & the binding is so professional looking. I think I need Pegchook to come around & supervise me too! Tracee xx

Jeanette said...

Looks fantastic Anthea. Great job with the binding. Hugs,

Maria said...

WOW!!!! Anthea the "Man Quilt" is just fabulous and I see it has been approved by mr12 and your site manager....

Kate said...

It looks so cozy, Anthea. Well done!

Angie said...

WooooHooo fabulous quilt!! Congratulations! :)

barb's creations said...

Looks great Anthea,but most importantly the recipient looks very happy with the resulting quilt.
Well done on finishing your first quilt! :) Barb.

Melody said...

Well done -it looks fabulous.

Teri said...

It's beautiful....what a good job you did on the binding....are you going to do another quilt...now that you were so successful with your first one....

Quilter Raised in the South said...

beautiful! what a great jub you did with the binding.

sunny said...

Congrats on your fantastic finish!!!! Your binding looks great - I'm going to have to ask Maria about that.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

What a sense of accomplishment! Wonderful job on your very FIRST quilt! And it looks as though the recipient and the project manager have stamped it with their seal of approval!

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely quilt.........well done for the first one....

Deb R said...

What a wonderful first quilt, gorgeous!!!! congrats....now get cracking on your next one lol

Bev C said...

Hello Anthea

Congrats, the quilt looks so lovely and would have been well used the last couple of days. Great for snuggling under.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Cheryll said...

Oh Anthea... fantastic effort and a wonderful quilt for Mr 12yo! You should be very proud of Ms Anthea!
You Go Girl... !! :)

Kelli said...

How did I miss this post? I love everything about this quilt. I like to machine bind, too. Takes way less patience than by hand! :) And I have such an ongoing crush on ticking, and the colors.. ahhh, I just love it! :) Looks like he loves it too!! xo

Nicky said...

The ticking is wonderful Anthea. You've made a fantastic job of it, can't believe it's your first one!

KAYLEE said...

You have done a wonderful job Anthea, it looks great.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Wow...I lose a few weeks of blog reading and come back to find you've made a quilt! It's fab..u...lous! Love it...well done...

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