Saturday, 19 February 2011

Pieced, quilted, bound, FINISHED!

Jacobs Ladder finished

Here it is - my very first full sized bed quilt finished. Complete. All stitched up.

This quilt was my very first adventure into patchwork. I started in December 2009, just 10 months after picking up a needle and thread for the very first time, and piecing the top was a huge learning curve. I posted my first progress report here on 29 December 2009 - and wrote about learning this amazing new technique called chain piecing :-). By 28 February 2010 I had completed the quilt top (posted here), but it wasn't until May that I had it basted with backing and batting.  Then began the slow process of hand quilting, which I finally finished in January.  A few more weeks and I had selected the perfect binding fabric and got this sewn on, and ta-da here it is!  Just less than a year after completing the quilt top, the whole quilt is finished.  In the meantime, I have completed several other smaller quilt projects but, as I said, this is my very first patchwork and my very first bed quilt and so it holds a special place in my heart.  I am as proud of this as just about anything else I have ever done (child-rearing aside!!)

Here I am at 11.15pm last night sewing the last few stitches of binding to the back of the quilt:

last few stitches

And then a few minutes later, checking it over:

hows it lookin

Before wrapping myself in it :-) :

mama in quilt

Hmmm, and looking rather boss eyed.  Well I had been stitching the damned binding for at least 3 hours!!

Today, I took the quilt over to my  mum's to show her and take more photos and couldn't resist sharing this one of Waif, who insisted on being in the photos:

rafe likes the quilt

I'm lucky to have two boys who are such fans of my quilts :-)


  1. looks great, well done honey xx

  2. Beautiful! It looks almost sparkly in that first photo. Such a lovely quilt! Congratulations! May you have many a good night's sleep under it.

  3. It's fabulous! Congrats on the finish!

  4. It's beautiful! That is so cool that it's your first quilt. I started small, so I admire you jumping in an going huge like that!

  5. Wow, what an amazing first bed quilt.

  6. How does that song go? "Oh, What A Feeling!" It's obvious that you are overjoyed with the results. Your quilt is lovely. You did a fantastic job.

  7. WOW ! A real labour of love. Absolutely fabulous

  8. Viv, you have every reason to be proud of your accomplishment with this quilt. I like that big smile!
    Kathleen in CT

  9. Your quilt is absolutely wonderful. Your pictures of pride and sharing are priceless. Great job!

  10. What an AMAZING first quilt. I am bowled over in awe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you say you can't stay on task? I don't believe you.
    so beautiful. BE PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And very cute guy friend too!!!

  11. It's a beauty! That toothy grin at the end says it all!

  12. Haloo, I found this fantastic quilt, only now. I looked for inspiration with Jakob´s Ladder and I was entrancet with your quilt. I didn´t find any nicer.


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