Crossword Puzzle quilt is done!

Yay! O.M.G.! I can’t believe it’s done – woot woot! Can you tell I’m a little excited? LOL

I put the finishing touches on the quilt this evening and it’s now in the washer getting clean (geez, I hope it doesn’t fall apart—LOL!) Here are some pictures of the finished product:

Overhead shot with backing corner turned
Overhead shot with backing corner turned
front over chair
From the front hanging over chair
back over chair
Another shot over the chair
Close up of front and back corner
Close up of front and back corner
closeup quilting
Close up of quilting from the back

I used a zigzag stitch while binding which of course shows on the back, but it blends in pretty nicely since the backing is mostly black. After I was 3/4 done with the binding I realized I was pulling it too far over the front and in many places the binding is almost not visible at all on the back :-/ Ā Lesson learned – but I didn’t have the heart to rip it out šŸ˜¦

Since this is my first full size quilt and it’s for my Mom, I’m sure she’ll understand…I hope so anyway! We leave Thursday morning for Maryland and I’ll be seeing my Mom on Friday when I take her for her next chemo/radiation treatment. I can only hope this quilt will keep her warm and comfy when she gets home.

Crossword quilt coming along

I’m still working on my crossword quilt. I’ve got the main section all pieced together and now need to add the border fabric. I’ve got it cut but need to seam them together before attaching. I don’t really have a craft area for all this so I’m using the bed in our spare room to lay everything out…and I still haven’t charged the battery in my camera (I never think about it until I’m ready to take pictures and then it’s too late!).

Anyway, here’s a shot of what I’ve gotten accomplished so far…if you look really close you can see the mistakes I made when trying to get all the seams to line up. I’ve come to terms with it because this is my first attempt and if I try to make it ‘perfect’ I’ll never get it done.

main section completed, border not yet attached
main section completed, border not yet attachedĀ 

And this picture is a closeup of one corner. I’m not sure where or how I’m going to lay this out when I’m ready to add the back fabric and batting…I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it :-s

Close up of one corner
Close up of one corner

And then there’s the quilting…I’m not even sure if my old sewing machine will be able to handle it but I plan to stitch along the left and right sides of the seams (not in the ditch)…but now that I type that, I’m wondering if it wouldn’t look more like a crossword puzzle if I did ‘stitch in the ditch’? Hmmm… let me know what you think…