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Topic: Adventures in Sewing -or- My First Quilt  (Read 7937 times)
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« on: January 10, 2011 08:56:16 PM »

When I decided to make a quilt to use as a picnic blanket and lap quilt I was probably delusional. Quilting typically requires patience. Lots of patience. When it comes to sewing, I'm about as impatient as they come!

I've always heard that making a quilt requires fancy tools like a large self healing mat, a rotary cutter, plastic t-squares and all sorts of doodads. I was just interested in using up an accumulation of fat quarters I had, not spending a mint on tools, so I just started cutting out squares with my big shears in my typical slapdash fashion:

From there I started creating rows of squares at random, pulling from any old pile and sewing them into rows of 10. I was only fussy that I not put two of the same pattern into a row. From there, I took my rows and laid them out to make sure no two squares of the same pattern would be beside each other when I created my quilt. This took a bit of flipping and flopping, but I got it and sewed all of my rows together.

Here you can see that corners touching was ok for two squares with the same pattern. You can also see that slapdash cutting gets you rows that don't line up properly. But I think that's more fun!

I put my quilt top, natural wool battling and backing fabric together and opted to quilt them together with a very simple and straightforward straight stitch up and down the rows of fabric. I would have liked to do some fun free form stitching, but my machine is too small for that.

After all of my labors, I ended up with a quilt that I absolutely love! My photos of the finished piece aren't the most amazing photos ever, but I'm just so darn proud of finishing my first major sewing project and quilt that I have to share them! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Cheesy

« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011 09:15:15 PM »

fantastic job!~
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011 09:22:57 PM »

I love the colours you chose. Well done. Keep 'em coming!

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2011 09:24:28 PM »

I think it's more fun the way you did it! You'll also enjoy using it more for the intended purpose, not having fussed too much!
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011 01:45:38 AM »

I love your quilt! It came out marvelous!

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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011 03:48:27 AM »

I think you made an amazing first quilt!
And without the fancy equipment... Yay for you!

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011 04:52:51 AM »

Thanks everyone! I'm really happy with it and I actually really had fun putting it together. Smiley


« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011 04:59:53 AM »

I love your quilt!  It's so colorful and happy.  You inspire me to quit making excuses and start working on my own quilt.  Thanks for sharing!  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2011 06:25:55 AM »

Its adorable.  Makes me want to try Cheesy


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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011 08:35:04 AM »

I love it!  I just took up quilting myself, and have been fretting over my lack of rotary cutters and the like, so it's good to see that it can be done without them.  And that not having everything perfectly aligned won't be the end of the world -- I agree with you that the quilt looks fun that way.


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