(Click HERE for the tutorial for the quilt top if you missed it! Grab and sew is a beautiful thing!)
I'm pleased with the end result, but I must say, it was a bit harrowing! When piecing the quilt top, I at least knew where I was going with it, and which direction I needed to sew. This totally "willy-nilly" way of sewing is something that will take some getting used to.
Basting with this improv backing was also a little (okay, very) tricky, and I dislike basting on the best of days. Since I was sewing some irregular pieces, my seams weren't 100% perfect (shhhh...don't tell the quilt police!) which made taping the back down without wrinkles a real pain in the behind. I just kept plugging along though, pulling and smoothing in every direction. If you've seen Finding Nemo, you'll understand what I mean when I say that "just keep smoothing...just keep smoothing" was running through my head. All in all, the whole taping down the back ordeal took over an hour!
I ended up getting it decently smooth-not smooth by my usual standards, but sometimes you have to realize your limitations. So, I decided to quilt in squares radiating out from the center of the quilt. I have found that to be one of the best quilting patterns to outwit the puckers that always try to make their way onto my quilt when my backing isn't completely perfect- and it worked! Victory over puckers, those little devils!
After all of that, look what I managed to do on the binding-
Sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug I guess. I cannot believe I did that! Seriously! How did that happen? I swear I cut my strips in the same direction. Too bad I didn't even notice it until the binding was completely on the quilt, while I was outside taking pictures.
Let this be a cautionary tale- if you're using a directional print for the binding, always make sure it's going the same direction in each binding strip! (it's best to recognize this before the quilt is finished)
I decided to call this one Sunning by the Pool. The oranges remind me of umbrellas and beach towels against the clear blue water of a swimming pool.
By the way, I did succeed in my goal of making a quilt from start to finish only using things I had on hand! Maybe that means I tend overbuy fabric for my projects? hmmm... Still that's definitely a win for me, and after the backing and binding fiascos, I'll take it!