Tobin’s Mixtape: Finished!

My new free-motion quilting foot arrived in the mail last week, all metal and (so far) much sturdier. I had Friday off, and took advantage of the time to organize my fabric stash and finish up my Mixtape Quilt, from Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern. I made the “Favorite Songs” style, in its largest size: the lap-quilt of 8″ blocks, which ended up 62″/62″. All posts about it can be seen by clicking the “mixtape quilt” tag on the right sidebar.

I had already quilted about half of it (before my previous free-motion foot broke) and started on it with the previously quilted sides neatly rolled and folded to keep them out of my way. I did my best to keep it all in neat place so that it was smaller, which did make it a little easier to move around, though it was surprisingly heavy.
Mid-quilting-folded

But by about halfway through today’s quilting, I had given up on keeping the outer edges folded, and only rolled the edge that was under the sewing machine’s arm. I got a little bit better at manipulating the quilt as I went along, and at figuring out where to place my hands while I was moving it — left hand to the back and left of the needle, right hand right and slightly to the front (that is, closer to me), moving in tandem. I think the quilting of it improved a bit by the end. Overall, I’m very proud of it: it’s the first thing I’ve ever free-motion quilted, and it’s the largest quilt I’ve made so far, at 62″x62″. It could be a bit awkward to do something larger than this, because it got difficult to manipulate too closely with half the quilt folded up under the arm of the machine.
Detail-quilting

Once I’d quilted all of it and trimmed the borders, I machine bound it in one of the fabrics I used in the quilt. It’s a slightly heavier weight than some of the other fabrics, which may stand up to wear and tear a little bit better than a lighter fabric. Since this quilt is going to a 3-year-old boy, durability is definitely a concern.
Binding

Once I’d finished it, I tried to take a picture indoors. That was … not entirely successful: I had to hang it up over the railing and take a picture from the stairs. It ended up being a bit of an odd angle:
Front_indoors

Thankfully, it was beautiful outside, so I took it out to the back yard, and hung it from the back porch:
Front_garden_far

Front_garden

Back-of-quilt
It may be feverishly hot outside today, but it made for nice picture-taking.

I’m so pleased to have finished this project, and I can’t wait to see the look on my friend’s face when I give it to her and her son.

About Alisa

I'm a graduate student studying medieval European history. I knit, spin, quilt, and occasionally sew other things. I learned to knit and sew from my grandmother as a child: spinning I picked up on my own thanks to stubbornness and the internet. I have two spinning wheels and one sewing machine, and more knitting needles than I probably really need. My yarn and fiber stash is large enough that I think I'm probably well supplied for the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
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14 Responses to Tobin’s Mixtape: Finished!

  1. ChrissieD says:

    Love the purple and green together and your fmq looks really great. Good to see the quilt finished after the problems you had with it last week :)

    • Alisa says:

      Thanks! The friend I made it for had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics: she’s got an excellent eye. And I didn’t quite believe it was done, at first — it’s very exciting to have it finished! :)

  2. Very impressive for your first time free motion quilting! I love the color choices as well. And I’m with you, outside photos always seem better for quilts. Congrats on the finish :-)
    Amanda

    • Alisa says:

      Thank you! The quilting process ended up being more forgiving than I expected, which was a relief! And I was so pleased it was nice enough to photograph outdoors: the colors are much truer.

  3. Your FMQ looks pretty good! I did my first machine quilting last week (not FMQ) and had so much fun, I want to try FMQ next. I’m glad to hear it’s a bit forgiving! Your finished quilt looks gorgeous :)

    • Alisa says:

      Thank you so much! FMQ isn’t as scary as I thought it was. That said, I’m pretty sure zig-zags are the easiest way to try FMQ for the first time: it’s hard to mess it up, since it’s supposed to look angular and unintentional. Next time I think I’ll try curves.

  4. Patricia L. says:

    Good job on the quilting! Finished is always Great!

  5. yzo says:

    Your quilting and the finished quilt both look awesome! Great job :)

  6. Sandy says:

    I found you on Lily’s Quilts small blog link party and anyone who mentions the zombie apocalypse in their profile is worth following as far as I’m concerned!

    • Alisa says:

      Excellent. I used to have a really good plan for the zombie apocalypse, with a roommate of mine, but then we moved out of our remarkably bunker-like apartment. ;)

  7. Cynthia@aquilterbynight says:

    Nice finish! I like the photos from your back porch especially.

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