Valentine’s Day Quilted Headboard

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.

Valentine's Day Bed
Valentine’s Day Bed

Here’s a better close up of the finish.

Close Up
Close Up

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.

don't FMQ binding
don’t FMQ binding

And once you DO quilt the binding, rip it out, and requilt, don’t go and do it again.

Pay Attention Becky Jo!
Pay Attention Becky Jo!

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.

Backing for Binding
Backing for Binding

More of my severely right-handed pinning…I try to make them perpendicular, I really do…

Pinning Down the Wrap Around Binding
Pinning Down the Wrap Around Binding

Here it is with some non-Valentine’s Day pillow cases.

Chevron Quilt Headboard
Chevron Quilt Headboard

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!)

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