I learned many important quilting lessons along the way. "Quilt side" means pieced top, not 'any side of the quilt (like the back side). I sewed my binding to the wrong side and had to take it all out.
Bias tape makers are the devil's spawn. The instructions that came with mine clearly said to cut 1" strips the feed through the maker. But seeing as how the maker is supposed to make 1" strips of binding, this didn't make sense. Sadly, I had cut into my most favourite fabric before I realized that this was wrong. Hence, the patchy binding of two different fabrics, which in the end, I rather like the look of. Anyone have any light to shed on bias tape makers?
In the end, I used the Heather Bailey tutorial linked from the sew along, and things went somewhat more smoothly.
Things I need work on including CUTTING and measuring accurately. I tried to be careful, I really did - but even with a proper cutting mat, rotary cutter, and transparent quilting ruler, I found this step difficult. The ruler slipped occasionally, and the cutter sometimes would zig or zag up onto the edge of the ruler. I can see how measuring incorrectly could really affect the look of the quilt and this inability to do this step well will lead me to steer clear of quilts with any discernable pattern for a long time. Bring on the strippy easy lap quilt from Bend the Rules Sewing.
I could focus on how my squares don't match up perfectly, how my binding is kinda lumpy in parts, and crooked in others. The border is not even, the free motion has some major points and overlaps. . .but the colours and the feel of the thing just make me so HAPPY. I think I'm hooked.
I'll be trying another quilt soon . .maybe moving up to a baby sized one?