Saturday, 3 March 2012

He's here and it's finished!


Jacob Theodore William was born this morning, Saturday 3rd March, at 9:44am weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces.  He is, judging by the photos as I haven't met him yet, quite the most beautiful baby ever born.  No, I'm not biased, he is.  For those who may be new to my blog, or not paying attention, this is my nephew, first child of my only brother.  I'm so proud I could burst.
In a bizarre case of coincidence, as I got the text, then the call, I was taking photographs of his quilt!  I thought I should probably show you.  Now, these first photos are a bit rubbish, I took them on Thursday evening before putting it in the washing machine, the photos of the washed quilt are better, promise.


So here's the finished, bound, machine and hand quilted quilt in all its glory.  Warning, there will now follow approximately 46 million photos of this quilt.  I reserve the right to publish them all as it is my first ever quilt.


The binding went well, thanks to some hints from the lovely ladies over at Brit Quilt who put me straight with my stupid idea that I should stop sewing the binding a bindings-width from the corner...  no wonder I always ended up with holey edges!


It's not perfect, it wouldn't win any quilt awards, but then neither would my piecing, but it's perfect enough.

The corners went reasonably well.


And I love the look of the machine quilting side by side with the hand quilting.  It was with great trepidation that I put my precious quilt into the washing machine...


I was nervous for the next hour and a half as I washed it, then tumble dried it but wow!  I love the way it turned out.  I love it even more than I did before!


None of the hand quilting came undone and it's so soft and snuggly.


I took some more close-ups of the binding in the better light this morning.



I'm not allowed to centre that photo.  If I do, it has to go right at the top of the post.  Blogger says.  Here's the back.


Nope, no more photo centering.  Here's a close up of the back.  Bored yet?




The only issue I had was finishing the binding by machine, when you get back to your starting point.  I know how to do it, but I couldn't.  I tried and failed 3 times and in the end just folded it over and sewed it!  It's a bit lumpy at that point, but I don't think Jacob will mind.




 So, what do you think?









34 comments:

Janet said...

GORGEOUS!!!!

Celtic Thistle said...

Well done on finishing your quilt just in time, it is lovely and I am sure your new nephew will get lots of pleasure out of it. New quilt, new nephew that's what I call an exciting weekend! Now that you have got the first one under your belt, there will be no stopping you, I can see lots of quilts in your nephew's future :)

Mindy said...

It's just beautiful!!! Great work!

Rosa said...

Hi Wendy,
Congratulations on your new nephew and on your own firstborn 'child' - a lovely and great quilt!!!
I'm not sure I'd bother watching 46 million photos of it (I'm lazy, I know!!!) - but I salute all kinds of bragging - you can be proud of this!
Me - I'haven't finished my first quilt (yet) - too many UFO's as you know - thanks for playing along in my Give-Away :-)

Erin said...

Awesome!! I can't believe it's your first quilt, it looks fantastic! Congratulations on the addition to your family, nephews and nieces can be such fun.

Allie said...

Welcome to the world, Jacob!! You must be over the moon, girl. His quilt is PERFECT! And he will love it!!!! Congratulations all the way around!!!

Sandra :) said...

Jacob's quilt is gorgeous, and he and his mommy and daddy will love their beautiful quilt made by Auntie Wendy.

Congratulations and maple syrup hugs and kisses from Canadian Great Auntie Sandra (aka Auntie Maple Leaf :D) on the special new arrival - I know you must be on cloud 9, and I can't wait to see pictures of Jacob. With his new quilt and with his Auntie Wendy:)

I'll send you a link later on, the one I used to learn how to finish off the end of binding, thanks to the dread pirate Shelley Rodgers, LOL!

Alison said...

What a gorgeous quilt!
Congratulations on becoming an Auntie!
Alison
x

Fiona said...

Congrats on the arrivel of your nephew.... and congrats on finishing a beautiful quilt for him...
Hugz

Sarah said...

Congratulations Aunty! Your quilt is gorgeous

cauchy09 said...

aw, i love yellows in anything because they are so cheerful. this is a sweet sweet quilt.

Holly U said...

Congrats on both fronts! I hope you get to hold your nephew all snugged up in that quilt very soon!

The Dotty One said...

Congratulations on being an auntie! Very exciting news :o)
And the quilt is absolutely beautiful - well done! It looks gorgeous and I love the the binding with the different fabrics. I'm sure your brother will love it!

Nancy Lee said...

Beautiful heirloom for darling Jacob. Congratulations to all. He missed having the very best birthday by one day. So glad to hear the great news, Aunt Wendy! XO

Joy said...

I think it is fantastic!!!!!

Christie said...

Beautiful!

My (only) sister had her first babe last month, so I know just how you feel, I'm so in love with my nephew.

Quilts are such a special gift

Ady said...

It is beautiful and made with a lot of love for a special little boy. A wonderful gift and an heirloom piece no doubt. Congratulations Aunty Wendy and welcome to the world, baby Jacob.

{northern cottage} said...

THIS is your FIRST quilt - amazing! absolutely love it!

fresh new linky party just opened - would love to have ya come play if you'd like!

www.NorthernCottage.net

Eileen said...

Nice job on your first quilt! It takes some time to get that binding to meet up and mitered correctly. There are plenty of times that I gave up and did the same as you. Now, after a lot of practice, and after watching a few you-tube videos I do have the hang of it and you will too! Congrats on your nephew and your first quilt!

Carla said...

Congrats on your nephew and first quilt! It looks so pretty and I love the colors/fabrics you used.

Sue Daurio said...

Congrats on your nephew! What a great quilt, front and back is beautiful.

Lisa said...

Very nice quilt and it looks fabulous! Welcome to the world, little guy!

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

Awesome job on your first quilt!! I think your corners are awesome!! Corners are hard!!
Cindy

Katherine said...

Congratulations, Auntie Wendy! Gorgeous new quilt for the new man in your family. Happy wishes to you and yours on his safe arrival.

Hook and Yarn said...

That is beautiful and congratulations to Mama and Papa, too!

Sara said...

1ST QUILT ever?! Quite impressive and beautiful!

Alicia Yamashita said...

That's beautiful! Great job! I've got to learn quilting someday soon. Was it difficult to put together? Congrats to the happy family!

Christy said...

WOW! That is awesome for your first quilt! Coming over from Sugar Bee Crafts linky party.

Deanna said...

That is a great quilt! The scrappy binding is a great finish to a lovely quilt. You should go take a few more pictures. :)

Mike Pearson said...

Very nice! It's perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Summer @ Summer Scraps said...

Great job, it is lovely!

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker said...

Congratulations all round! Quilt is beautiful - love the bright sunny colors you chose!

Found you on Trendy Treehouse - would love to have you stop by for a visit!

Joysze said...

Congrats on your new nephew, Wendy. The quilt is gorgeous. :D

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I LOVE your first quilt, Wendy!!! Way to go doing a mix of hand and machine quilting.