Whoo hoo! A bit more binding stitching, a good wash and dry, and it is finished! Done! Fertrig!
It is, of course, totally wonky. Never mind The Yarnarian; I'm the Wonkarian. Cannot sew a straight row on the machine, to say nothing of my goofy hand stitching. Can't really call it hand quilting, because it's too odd for that. But, still, I really love this baby quilt.
I've learned a lot from this quilt.
1. Next time I hand quilt anything, I have to put in lines to stitch on. Freeform stitching is kind of wonky.
2. The Hubz and I got the walking foot to work. I'm not sure if it did anything, but it walked.
2. Took the Engineer Hubz and me together to look at MSQ's binding tutorial at least 5 times to understand how the binding tool works. But now we have it, and my binding was exactly the right size.
3. I'm never, ever, ever going to make a large bed quilt. Wrestling this 39" square under the machine to machine quilt the borders was enough. I have no idea how people can manage large quilts under a regular sewing machine.
4. I'm going to work on quilt-as-you-go for anything that I start. I have a few flimsies in varying stages, but except for one of them, none are qayg.
5. I really love English paper piecing, and want to do it many many more times.
6. I'm not interested much in speed; I am a process knitter, and I think also a process quilter. It's the working on the project that's fun for me.
So today I finish it up and wash it and dry it, and one little baby boy will get a goofy quilt to sleep on, or under or later on maybe make a little tent.
And now what shall I start next? Yep, I have UFOs, but that's normal for me.
FINISHED. GO LOOK AT THE NEWEST POST TO SEE PICS.