It's done, and this quilt is fine, it really is, but I'm really not excited about it, and I almost felt guilty dropping it off for Project Linus earlier this week. (Why am I gifting a quilt I'm not excited about????) But then the lady receiving it oohed and ahhed and seemed quite pleased and thankful. Someone is excited about it, and that's the point.
I used this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop, and I originally saw it on Diary of a Madfabriholic. I like both of their quilts. I just don't like mine very much.
Backing shot. I do love this backing, and I'm thankful I picked up just enough on clearance. It is possible that I didn't have enough Kona Coal for the background fabric, and I may have cut a few inches off the quilt's width, which I was bummed about, until I realized that it meant my quilt was perfect size to use a solid piece of fabric on the back. And then I was stoked. And pretended it was intentional. No pieced back, thank goodness.
I am fairly happy with the binding. I machine bound this one, as I just needed to get on with my life, but also because I really do need the practice. I'm learning machine binding can be very good--especially for kids quilts--and I'm not going to get any better without practice.
And folded up. I used a charm pack of Noteworthy as my base, then added a few other fabrics from stash because I didn't have quite enough. Background is Kona Coal, and the binding is from Flea Market Fancy. The backing is from 2wenty thr3e. For my first finish of 2014, I'm a little sad that I don't love it, but it's done, it's donated, and I've moved on to other interests, which may include actually starting to piece K's quilt, which let me tell you, is practically a miracle.
Edit: I think the problem with this quilt is that I had a different end result pictured in my head. And the quilt didn't turn out that way, and that's okay. I learned stuff with this quilt--oh, did I learn stuff--and I take that as a win, no matter what the finished product looks like. And I'm sure some little one will love having a new quilt to snuggle, and that's why I made this quilt, so that mission was 100% achieved. I'll be back next week with a finish that I'm totally in love with.
I'm linking up today with TGIFF, hosted by Laura at Quokka Quilts and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. This is also a finish off my 2014 Q1 FAL list. You can see my original list here.