Here it is.... the quilt that took up all my crafty hours in December. It is machine pieced but hand quilted.
Some things I learned that new quilters may consider:
1) When cutting squares or other shapes, do not be lazy to ensure they are straight! At times, I attempted to cut 12 layers a time! No good! Do not repeat... you WILL NOT get proper shaped pieces (some of my squares resembled parallelograms). This proved to be a problem when I sewed the pieces together because the squares didn't match up!
2) Plan your work before starting. I think I made over 5 trips to Fabricland to replenish insufficient fabric, get thread, bias strips,... and in the meantime fell prey to more fabric purchases!
3) Start small. My quilt is 60 inches X 80 inches, the size of a queen size bed. Needless to say, it would've been easier if I started with a baby quilt.
4) If handquilting, there's no need to make stitches 2 mm wide. I went to a quilt store and the stitches in those quilts were 0.5-1 cm length. It would've saved tonnes of time had I known earlier!The pictures are not really good quality due to a lack of sunlight. But I've gifted this to my parents for Christmas so I probably won't get more pictures anytime soon.
All in all, I enjoyed quilting! But for my next project, I think I'll stick to baby-sized items *smile*
Knitting-wise, the "never growing" sweater is close to being finished. I need to piece the pieces together. Maybe some pics next post!