The sew along hosted by Ros at Sew Delicious was so much fun. A good tutorial, a small project that can be completed even with the busyness of family, and seeing what everyone else created is always so inspiring.
I chose to do a bit more quilting on my mat than what was in the tutorial. I quilted along both sides of each seam, then I also then did a criss-cross on each block.
Some of the quilting lines aren't perfectly straight....I should have drawn a line, but instead just eye-balled it, I always get excited and just want to see it finished when I sew for myself!!
I made my own binding out of the same fabric that I used for the backing of my mat. I use a 2 and 1/2 inch strip folded lengthwise (wrong sides together) stitched to the front of the quilt, then folded over the seam and hand stitched to the back. I must admit I can't use packaged bias tape, I end up with a real mess whenever I try to use it. AND I love hand stitching. Stitching the binding on a quilt, to me, is soothing to my soul.
Sew there it is....my first mat my machine has ever had!!! I'm loving it. Thank you Ros for hosting this fun sew-a-long!!! Be sure to check out the flickr group to see what the other talented ladies made who joined in on the fun.
I linked up to: And Sew We Craft Linky Party
Until Next Time
Happy Sewing, Quilting, Crocheting and Knitting