Beginning Maching Quilting

One of my good friends is having a baby girl in March.  I decided to make a baby quilt for her!

Here is the fabric that we picked out:

After looking at patterns – I decided to just do something I was comfortable with.  I’ll branch out and do something hard on the next project (when it’s not for someone else.)

So, I picked out my favorite block that I learned how to do in my Beginning Quilting Class that I took at My Girl Friend’s Quilt Shoppe last fall.  I made 12 of those blocks, and put on two borders, one skinny, one wide.  Then I was stuck.  I didn’t want to pay to have it machine quilted – but I wasn’t brave enough to learn how to do it myself.  Luckily my sister Holly convinced me to learn.  She gave me this tutorial to learn how:  Thimble Blossom’s Camille Roskelley’s Stippling Tutorial.  Then I went to Holly’s house for a few days so she could help me do it.  After practicing over and over – I started to get better!  With Holly’s confidence in me, I started to machine quilt this baby quilt for my friend on my own sewing machine.  It’s not perfect – but I’m so proud of how it turned out.  I came home from Holly’s and did the binding on the quilt – so now it’s ready to show off!
Ready to see it?

I used the border fabric for the back as well…

Here’s a close one to see the machine quilting:

I love how it turned out.
Thanks Holly for all of your help!  I couldn’t have done it without you.

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