Finish: Curvy Pinwheels Baby Quilt

I finished off the Curvy Pinwheels baby blanket today! (You can find the tutorial for these blocks here.)
And the finish couldn't have come at a better time, since the little baby was born last night. I didn't know the gender when I made the quilt, so I went for gender neutral.
Turns out it's a boy, and I hope he likes it!
On the back, I used some Amy Butler Soul Blossom fabric and a few scraps to bring it up to size.
I quilted it with an allover meander pattern to get it done quickly. I'm not in love with the scale - maybe a little smaller next time? - but I do love how fast a meander is!
For binding, I used some Flea Market Fancy. I'm not a huge Denyse Schmidt fan (don't throw rocks at me!!) but I really like it as a binding fabric. I also threw in a polka dot that was leftover from my Lagoon bundle.


I chose to machine bind this guy in an effort to save time and to make it more durable. I revisited this method by Rachel of Stitched in Color and sewed the binding to the back first, then turned it over and zig zagged it on the front. I still have mixed feelings about this technique.
Love the way it looks with contrasting thread - super cute. I prefer zig zagging it on the front because then it looks perfect.

Not in love with how long it takes. While it's faster than handstitching, it still feels pretty slow to me. I think this is for a number of reasons....

- I can sit in front of the tv for the handsewing, but not the machine sewing.
- A zig zag stitch is slower than a straight stitch, so it's not just my imagination that it takes a bit of time.
- Oh, and um, I HATE my walking foot. Yup. So that's an issue.
But anyway, I'm super happy with how it turned out and can't wait for it to get to the new momma!
Linking up to Finish it Up Friday :)