The Nyancat Quilt-along FINAL WEEK!

Today we’re finally finishing the quilt! The quilting always takes a while for me, but get ready, when you’re done you’re going to have a finished quilt on your hands!

If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart
Week 8 we did a large chunk of the pop tart – section B1 – the square to the left of Nyan Cat’s head
Week 9 we did section B2 – Nyan Cat’s head
Week 10 we completed the last section – C2 – the rainbow trail 😀
and Week 11 we assembled the sections and prepared the quilt for quilting

With your quilt all basted we can move onto actually quilting the layers together.

If you’ve never quilted a quilt before, I would recommend starting out with straight-line quilting. This is where you’ll just sew straight lines through all the layers of your quilt, evenly spaced apart. The fun part is you’ll be able to use the squares from the pixels as guides as you sew through the layers. I would probably sew in the middle of each line of pixels so you don’t have to drive yourself crazy with lots of quilting. But that’s if you don’t like really dense quilting. If you have a walking foot, now would be the time to get it out, but you can do straight line quilting without too much difficulty if you don’t have it.

If you need some more pointers on straight-line quilting, this is a great tutorial

I personally did a wavy stitch pattern that went horizontally across the quilt to mimic the wavy pattern of the rainbow trail. I also used some Sulky variegated rainbow thread to accentuate the motif 😀 Again, I used the consistent squares from the pixel pattern to make sure the waves were evenly spaced.

After the quilting is all said and done, you can trim off the excess backing and batting, then bind the quilt. You can use a store bought binding or make your own from the leftover backing fabric as I typically do. But this time around I wanted to use up more of my fabric scraps and really keep the rainbow motif going:

I attached all the extra strips of rainbow fabric I had to create rainbow binding for the quilt. I prefer 1/2” wide double-layered binding, so I my strips were 3 1/2” wide that I cut on the straight of grain but chained together on the bias. After I made about 220” of binding, I attached it all the way around the quilt. Giving you the finished product you see!

If you’d like an awesome video of applying binding, check out this free tutorial from Craftsy

I hope you enjoyed the quilt-along as much as I did and you’re in love with your finished product 😀 Thanks to all of you who followed along whether just to read or to actually do some sewing! I really hope to see your finished quilts if you decide to give it a try!

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