I finished the “headboard” piece in time for Valentine’s Day! I’m really happy with the FMQing and have a better feel for it.
Here’s a better close up of the finish.
It’s very…uh…organic. Hahaha. But that’s how it goes. Practice, practice, practice. I suppose if I wanted something more homogenized, I wouldn’t be making it myself!
There are certainly things to remember for next time. Like…don’t quilt the binding fabric. I suppose this would be even harder to watch if I didn’t leave enough of the backing fabric in that I could watch it better with the little bit of extra. So, if you’re going to use bias tape, still leave wiggle room when quilting so you can make sure it doesn’t get tucked under like this.
And once you DO quilt the binding, rip it out, and requilt, don’t go and do it again.
I am thick-skulled. I need extra lessons sometimes.
I cut down the backing fabric to 1″ and used it to wrap around for binding.
More of my severely right-handed pinning…I try to make them perpendicular, I really do…
Here it is with some non-Valentine’s Day pillow cases.
Yeah. I’m really happy with it. It’s about 50 inches wide, so if/when I get tired of it, it would also be a cute table piece…not a full runner, but a good-sized center runner.
If anything, I hope this inspires people who are afraid of the FMQ on their machine. It’s one of those ‘just do it’ things…you have to dig in and go for it. Who cares if it’s a bit wonky, or imperfect? We can go to Target if we wanted perfectly machined, sterile, boringness, but where’s the fun in that? (BTW, I went to Target last night…hahahaha!)