First, I tried a new design which was based on the attic window quilt block. It's explained here - http://www.straw.com/equilters/library/blocks/atticwindow.html I do think I'll do it again but next time I will try a different color combo and assembly. It was a nice way to display the patterned fabric tho =)
Next, I tried this method of quilting the whole thing together - http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2009/07/grid-quilting-mini-tutorial.html Ok I didn't do this on this quilt but on a separate little quilt -- ummmm......no! didn't work for me, I have no clue! I think it may be my machine - at least that's what I'm going to blame it on LOL!
- I tried her method of making binding - it was difficult for me at best! I did complete a couple strips connecting the way she said but then I caved and did it flat cut to flat cut.
- I tried her method of starting a binding in the middle of one long side -- worked GREAT! This will be my new method of starting binding now =)I also tried her method of doing corners -- LOVE it! So much easier than other ways I've done them =)
- I thought about doing her way of joining the binding when you reach the end but decided against it last minute.
- And last I tried her way of finishing the binding on the quilt (hand stitching binding on back). My fingers about fell off! I don't know how people can hand quilt whole blankets - it's sooo hard! Sorry but if I have access to power and a sewing machine that is going to be the way I do it LOL!
Now to just get it mailed to the boy -- #3 is soooo jealous of this little boy =)