I freely admit that while I was working on this quilt I thought it was horrid. I could not imagine what I was thinking by buying this kit. Now that it is complete … I think it is wonderful.This photo shows a close up of the quilt and backing. The backing is a Moda marble stars and the binding is from Benartex. I quilted using a hanging diamonds pattern spaced 3″ apart in both directions. The batting is Hobbs Heirloom Cotton/Poly blend, as I was preparing to quilt, I was wishing I had bought Warm & Natural so that I could quilt further apart…. next time.
I have become a mark as you go quilter, I only mark one or two lines before sewing and moving on to the next line. I find that if I mark too far ahead, I end up having to re-do the lines to make it visible at the machine. I used both a hera marker and white pencil to make lines visible but easy to remove. The quilting was done on my Elna using a stitch length of 3.0 and Signature cotton thread in Parchment. My binding is always attached by machine but hand sewn to the back.
Just to clarify — “My First Quilt” is only the name of the pattern.