It’s hard to believe it’s been over a month since I started this crazy quilt, but it has been…
it’s March now and I’ve officially finished my very first crazy shortcut quilt!
Crazy Shortcut Quilts, by Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse, was one of the first quilting books I ever bought. I’ve made four quilt tops now (Check them out: Turning Twenty Again, The Amazing, Disappearing, Fractured, Quartered Nine Patch, Road to Tennessee, and Movin’ On Up Piece by Piece) but this is my very first completed quilt. The only reason it’s completed is because of the quilt-as-you-go process, which turns out a completed quilt block by block.
I love the back, too!
Now that I’ve worked with binding–the part I was most afraid of–I think I can tackle my other quilt tops, since they are all small enough to do on my home sewing machine.
The process was easy to follow throughout the book, although my machine had some problems with the embroidery stitching when it came to connecting all the pieces. I enjoyed using lots of different colored threads and all the different kinds of stitches my machine has to offer–I made use of my machine stitch sampler several times–but I don’t think I’ll attempt it again.
Towards the end, I had a lot of problems with skipped stitches and the machine jamming up, although I tried everything I could find in the machine manual and online to try to fix it. I think my machine is just not meant to do the fancy stitches while quilting through several layers of fabric. There are some stitches I’m not proud of, but overall I’m happy with my cheery quilt–and I won’t be putting my machine (or me) through that ordeal again! I think I’ll stick to straight stitches from now on when quilting 🙂
I actually planned to use this fabric for another project–the Circle Play quilt. I honestly never liked that quilt, though. It was a quilt-as-you-go project too, so I used the fabric and batting that was already cut out in the crazy quilt, and at the end I also incorporated the three Circle Play blocks that I did complete.
I’m so glad I finally used all these cute pink and green squares that have been travelling with me since August of 2010!
Enough talk, here are some more pictures:
I’m just so proud of my very first completed quilt 🙂