Well I can finally say that I have completed my first quilt. It's a great feeling and it's nice to see the person I gave it to be so happy.
This was my first quilt on my first sewing machine and with really no help from anyone I went in all the way and I knew I wasn't going to just start and then stop. I made sure I would finish.
It started with a fat quarter and then it steam rolled from there. I've become a fabric junkie !! I had an idea on what I wanted and I knew it had to be fairly easy being as I was pretty much going into it blind. I'm a big fan of black and I love bright vibrant colors so I had made the choice on making that my quilt just that. Like I said I got a little carried away and decided I was going to do a back quilt but in black and white something else I like.
Now it was time to decide on what size squares I wanted to use. I asked my sister she suggested 3" squares and I told her that this was my first quilt and I didn't want to get overwhelmed with small pieces. So I decided to go with 4" squares. It took me a while to get used to using a sewing machine let alone my first. But with a little help from my sister and a few pointers on how to sew with a machine I whizzed on through 100s of squares. Once I was finished with the top and bottom it was time to take on the task of quilting in the batting.
I had no idea what to do. I looked around and did the whole youtube thing and came across basting spray. It worked for me and I think if I didn't use it I would have had to have spent a hundred bucks on getting it done at a quilt house near town. I really wanted to complete it myself so I went ahead and took on the challenge. It was a task indeed, it took me 2 hours to do it with no one in the house. It turned out great but then realized it was going to be hard to align the back with the front. Good thing I was already told that it was going to be very hard to do so if I were a first timer. I sucked it up and became comfortable with the idea. So when I was quilting the top bottom and batting I used black thread that way on the back where it was going to be black and white you really couldn't tell cause of all the printed squares. Now binding the quilt was the part I was the most worried about. I didn't want to buy the store ready poly/satin binding cause my quilt was all cotton. I found a bias maker at a craft store and just made it myself. Again with the binding I went and watched youtube clips to get myself ready to take on another task. They suggested using a zig zag stitch so just in case you didn't catch it on the zig you would on the zag. That gave me comfort. I was so proud when I finished.
Now between work and things around the house this quilt took me almost 4 months. Would that be a good start for a first time quilter? I think I did a rather nice and timely job. I have many more plans on making more quilts for all my loved ones. Quilting is addictive ! I do enjoy doing it.
I ended up giving the quilt to my oldest nephew. He just loves it and really enjoys it. It makes me happy !
Here are some pictures ...