Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's done....



About 5 years ago my mom took her first quilting class. And soon thereafter, I followed her into my first quilting store. It didn't take long before I fell in love with the idea of quilting. You mean I too could purchase lots of little bits of gorgeous fabrics, put them all together, and end up with something? Sign me up.

So shortly after Max was born I took my first quilting class. It was a Bento Box pattern, and I chose the most child-friendly combination of colors I could find. And I had a blast making the top of this quilt.

But I didn't know how to do the backing, binding, or quilting. I didn't want to waste all the effort I had just put into the top on messing up the rest of it. So I decided to do some practice baby quilts, and use those to learn a little more. Over the next three years, I made a few simple block quilts for the boys and as baby gifts. But still the bento box top sat in the closet.

As the summer began and I started to set some goals for my free time, the quilt top kept coming to mind. This was the summer I was going to finish it. When August 23 rolled around I an still saw it sitting there, I knew it was time. Now or never. And in the next three days I sewed the backing, made my "quilt sandwich" ( top, batting, backing all safety pinned a zillion times together), quilted, and bound the entire thing.

It was done.

There are still plenty of mistakes and things I have learned for next time. But on the back of my couch lies this quilt. And truth be told, I'm really proud of it.

6 comments:

Anna said...

I love it! Such bright and fun colors. And way to go with finishing it. Don't you hate those half-finished projects just sitting around?

Erin said...

It's gorgeous! Way to go Megan! I don't know how you do it!

Melanie said...

Megan! First, it's beautiful. Second. . . you quilted it yourself?! On your regular sewing machine? I am SO impressed. I've never had the guts to try it. I am inspired.

Stefanie said...

That's so impressive! Way to go!!

j.yue said...

gorgeous!

*jess* said...

awesome! love the colors!