The Gray Lazy, just-for-fun Nine-Patch is finished! It has already come in very handy around the apartment with San Francisco's amazing summer (autumn-like) weather.
Although I have hand-quilted several quilts made by friends, this is only the seventh quilt I've made on my own from start-to-finish! I can think of lots and lots of things I could have done better on this latest quilt, but overall, I think it's a significant improvement over the last six. Here are a few of the things I did differently this time around:
Two-Sided Quilt: Instead of doing a quilt top and a quilt back, I made two quilt tops (one with gray sashing; the other with blue sashing). I did the cross-hatch hand-quilting based on the gray side so it's a little bit off on most of the blue side, but the effect is still okay even on the "back."
Flannel As Batting: I actually only used flannel instead of batting because I had flannel on-hand and didn't have enough batting for this size of quilt. But I think this was a serendipitous deal - the weight of this little flannel-batting quilt is just right for around the apartment. I like the warmth of the Warm & Natural batting for wintertime bed quilts, but I may purposefully use flannel for mid-weight quilts in the future.
Binding: The greatest improvement I made on this quilt as compared to my previous quilts was definitely in the binding. Three things I did differently:
1. Improv Binding - I wanted to do the binding in the gray fabric, but I didn't have quite enough gray. I had lots of squares of the fabric I used for the blocks left, so I threw in several of those and I'm so glad I did! I might do things like this on all future bindings.
2. Real Slip-Stitch - To bind my quilts, I machine-sew the binding onto the front of the quilt then "slip-stitch" it onto the back. In the past, I've haven't exactly been carefully hiding the stitches on the back. But I was very careful this time around and it was worth the extra effort.
3. Corners - Another area I've sort-of just hodge-podged my way through before was corners ... and they looked like it. I had to re-do it a few times on the first corner to get it right, but it's great to finally know how to handle binding corners like a real quilter.
It was a fun one to make! And I'm glad to have it to myself to enjoy.
Now, what's next?