I finally finished the fishy quilt late last night. I washed and dried it this afternoon and it is just lovely. So soft and crinkly….sigh. I cannot wait to wrap the baby up in this! I quilted in grids. It worked out really well. I used painters tape for the initial lines and then used my spacer on my walking foot to do the rest. I think next time I will use a chalk wheel to mark the first line since it was a little difficult to see clearly and sometimes I sewed on top of the tape and that was a pain in the caboose to get out from under the stitches.
I really love how the backing turned out even if it is a little crooked. The label washed up great and I love that I can use my own handwriting in the quilt. I like incorporating it into the backing like that. Then there is no chance that it can later be removed. I think it is really important to document your work. I love going antique shopping and being able to find out where things came from or who made them. I hope that someday my quilts can tell a story of who I was and what my life was like.
I chose Amy Butler Lotus moon dots in slate to bind the quilt with. I think it matches so well. I decided to put the binding on totally with my machine. I read that baby quilts are going to get much more abuse than other quilts and need a sturdier binding. I don’t like the look as much but I still think it is adorable. All in all, I am happy and satisfied with how it turned out. Up next, starting the baby girl quilt and my coin quilt!