Yoshi: the final reckoning

Here is the final wrap-up post for the Yoshi quilt. In it, I’ll link all of the tutorials I used, the pattern I used (including the one I made to keep track of my progress), the fabric used (and how much of it to the best of my ability to remember), the thread I used, and the batting I used. Remember, you can use the Yoshi tag on my blog to see all of the posts about the Yoshi quilt. This turned out to be a mini-tutorial.

Here are some pictures:

The quilt top (pre-trimming):20151212_174404

The backing/binding:

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I’m putting this tutorial/information under a Read More to save everyone’s dashes.

 

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It’s over! It’s done!

Wooooohooooooo!!! I am proud to say that Yoshi is officially finished.

I finished him yesterday evening (Dec. 19th) around 9 PM. I sewed down the last row and a half of the backing, cut and assembled the binding (and burned my forearm doing so–I didn’t reach far enough around the iron and touched the side of it), and sewed the binding on.

I sewed the binding on the back of the quilt first, which made it so much easier to make sure I actually caught all of the binding. I also pressed the binding straight up to the edge of the quilt, which made it a lot easier to fold it over to the front. This is the tutorial I used for sewing down the binding on the back. I had green thread in the bobbin and invisible thread on the top needle to sew down both sides of the binding.

I’ll post pictures once it’s washed (and if I can pry it away from Matt long enough to get it washed!) and include the pattern and yardage, number of itty bitty squares, fabric choices, thread colors, etc.

But for now, we’re off to see Star Wars (!!!) again.

Binding my time

I bought the binding fabric for Yoshi last night. It’s the Country Classics in Forest Green (1.75 yds). It’s a few shades darker than the grass/dark green in Yoshi, so there’s some contrast. And it matches the dark green in the little pipe tubes and piranha flowers in the backing fabric, so double bonus.

I still need to sew down one and a half more lines on the backing and then I can start cutting the binding. I pulled a muscle in my back right under my left shoulderblade from having to constantly lift the wuilt onto the sewing table/push the quilt through my machine, and it’s still sore today. I might go ahead and finish the last little bit of the backing tonight, but I think we’re going to go see Star Wars(!!!!), so maybe tomorrow.

Creeping ever closer…

I have almost finished sewing the backing on my Yoshi quilt! I have 1 and a half more rows to do, and then I’m done except for the binding. The back is a little bubbly (I don’t have a big enough hard surface, so I had to pin on the carpet), but it’s not too bad. What is the worst is trying to get the quilt through my machine–it’s soooo big and heavy!

And I love invisible thread. It’s covering a lot of sins right now.

Matt cuddled up under this evening after I’d pinned it and sewn down a couple rows, and it has his seal of approval. Still need him to pick a binding color, though.

Still hate ironing

Yup. Ironing is the worst. But, I’m done ironing until I have to press the binding fabric! I’m itching to start sewing the backing on to my freshly pressed open quilt top, but Matt (who has a terrible sore throat, cough, fever, etc.–poor guy!) is sleeping downstairs and that’s the only place I have enough space to lay out this quilt and start pinning the backing on. So, I’ll wait until he wakes up. If I get bored, I could start laying out the really cute jelly roll I bought and start sewing the strips together…

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt (after pinning it, of course!)
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, a quilt top!

Holy crap on a stick, I got the quilt top sewn and trimmed. It ended up being about 76″w x 90″h. It took me almost 4 hours to get all 7 rows sewn together and to trim down the quilt top. I. Am. Exhausted. And I need a bigger table to use for cutting.

Here’s top pre-trimming (I didn’t take one after I trimmed it):

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Pardon the mess–I had to haul my machine and sewing paraphernalia downstairs to have enough room to sew it together and lay it out for pinning.

 

EDIT: Matt had a huge event tonight, and I got a little antsy waiting on him to come home, so I washed and dried the backing fabric in an effort to a) soften it up and b) make sure the dye won’t get all over the quilt top (there was a lot of dye in the cotton, and it’s still a little stiff). I also trimmed the selvedge off the sides–I shouldn’t have to trim the top and bottom as it should be longer than the quilt is tall.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Just a wee update

I hate ironing. There, I said it.

I pressed open seams and clipped corners on 4 of the 7 rows tonight. Still need to trim and sew row 7 into a strip.

Matt has to work all day tomorrow, so I plan on getting the whole quilt top assembled tomorrow, if I can. If I have the energy after doing that, then I’ll press open the new set of seams/clip corners and maybe even press the backing. Heck, if I get really ambitious, I might even trim the selvedge off the backing and sew and press the seam for the backing.

6 rows done

Finished quilting the last block tonight–whew! That was 990 little squares sewn together. I went ahead and added the final blocks to the three rows that still needed them.

Still need to trim down and sew the top row together. Then I’ll trim all the corners and press open the seams before I sew the strips together.

Houston, we have batting

Finally bought batting tonight. I cut down and pinned all 9 of the remaining blocks, and I quilted 8 of the 9 blocks (most of which were all blue blocks–the sole remaining block is half blue and half Yoshi’s eyebrows, so I have to change colors for this last one). I’ll finish sewing down the last block, and finish sewing the blocks into strips tomorrow, I hope. I have one more strip to make (the top row), and three more strips need their last block added on.

 

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Getting ever closer

I now have 6 of the 7 rows sewn into strips (there’s a couple rows that need their last block sewn on after I buy more batting and quilt it). Obviously, I still need batting, and once I have the last row quilted and sewn into a strip, I’ll press open the seams and cut the corners and then sew the strips together.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, pictures! These are the bottom 4 strips, with bonus kitty cats for scale. Nothing has been precisely lined up, nor pinned down–this was just so I could see how it was shaping up. Row 3 is one of the rows that’s missing its last block until I get more batting.