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

fantastic job!~
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« 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

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« 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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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2011 11:48:37 AM »

yes!!!! this is the kind of quilt i've been planning in my head, just simple & easy no rules. I'm very new to sewing and kept putting this off because I was feeling I had to follow "the rules". you've inspired me greatly!!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2011 12:03:22 PM »

You guys should really give it a try. I never made one because I was worried I'd somehow 'do it wrong', but as my fabric stash kept growing due to various projects I couldn't keep putting it off.  To make it super simple for myself, I unfolded all of my fat quarters and made sure they were the same size. Then I cut any additional fabrics I wanted to use down to the same size.

To make the smaller rectangles I took each individual block of fabric, folded it in half and cut it along the fold. Then I took each half and folded it in half again and cut along the fold. I did this once more with each piece, giving me a total of 16 pieces of each fabric. I didn't use every single block in the quilt because I was limited by the size of the batting I had, but they'll come in handy when I need to destash and make another quilt in the future. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2011 12:18:37 PM »

The colors are great! What a wonderful way to use up stash.

I've recently realized that all of my favorite quilts are the ones that are simple and cheery. I really think that when you have fun doing something, it shows!
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2011 12:28:05 PM »

you've totally inspired me! i have a load of things saved from my little girl growing up and i'd love to make a memory quilt, but thought my lack of patience would mess me up!
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2011 02:20:50 PM »

Fabulous! I love, love, love quilts Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2011 02:32:53 PM »

This looks like a quilt I would make. Love the story behind it.
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2011 03:29:36 PM »

Beautiful job, Danni! I love it, and you sound like me...I only bother doing fussy stuff for other people!
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2011 05:11:49 PM »

its lovely my dear!! great job! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2011 07:51:51 AM »

Oh I love it sweetie. Mollie was looking over my shoulder when I saw it on hot projects and she said 'thats really nice' and then we saw you...which made it even nicer!

Good job and you look great in that last pic. X
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2011 09:04:39 AM »

I ADORE your quilt!!! You did such a terrific job, and it is so fun to look at!
YAY for you and your wonderful quilt!
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2011 11:00:45 AM »

I love it!
I've also been put off quilting becuase of the need for rotary cutters and so on, this inspires me to have a go!
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2011 12:01:34 PM »

That is wonderfull makes me want to start quilting Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2011 12:08:37 PM »

Thats beautiful!! I need to replace my sewing needle so I can get to work on another quilt!!
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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2011 12:13:58 PM »

You guys are the best, I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes a no rules project and I hope you all give it a try! It was really a lot less intimidating once I started cutting things up and just went for it. Smiley

This whole process, from start to finish, only took me an afternoon. I'm starting to build my stash back up so I can make another one. I'd like to make it larger, but am not fond of the thought of hand quilting it since this one was as large as my machine can handle.  Lips sealed

Good job and you look great in that last pic. X
Thank you! Kiss
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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2011 01:27:36 PM »

great first quilt, i love all the colors and the non-matching corners! you did good! hope you enjoy that pretty quilt!
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« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2011 02:02:18 PM »

Ah, to be sitting on a quilt soaking up the sun on the grass right now (she types shivering). This is wonderful and inspiring, if I just put away my perfectionism I could have a quilt in no time flat, thanks!   Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2011 03:10:10 PM »

I LOVE it! Seriously! and I have a crapload of fat quarters, what a great project for them all!!! I should get busy and make something! I also used to have your sewing machine, but I upgraded to an AWESOME one, which I have made nothing with! Shame on me!

Good job for getting your act together, and making a cool quilt!!

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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2011 06:45:45 PM »

Love it!

Generations of women (and some men) have made beautiful quilts with nothing but material, needle and thread. Don't get hyper over not having all the fun gadgets - they make it easier but are just tools toys  Wink .
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« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2011 07:03:11 PM »

Im currently working on my first quilt also, and i have all the tools (rotary cutter, healing pad, the big straight rulers etc.) And I'd be LUCKY to have mine come out as wonderful as yours! I wish I had more fabrics to do one likes yours, my current consists of 3 colors haha anyways, wonderful job! Grin
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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2011 08:51:06 PM »

This is great! And that's how I sew too, very impatiently. Your colors look great together.
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« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2011 03:17:17 AM »

Great job! So many colours, love it!
And I agree: those things are just toys that might make it a little bit easier, but they're surely not needed to make a quilt. My first quilt was entirely handsewn because I wanted to get the feeling of how much work it really is to make a quilt like our ancestors did.. You can find it here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295882.msg3367760#msg3367760
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« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2011 06:24:24 AM »

Aww you have a baby blue too! I have that same sewing machine and I'm in love with it. It is lightweight yet powerful. My sister's fancy singer is wimpier than my baby blue! lol. Anyways great quilt!
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« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2011 07:23:40 AM »

Aww you have a baby blue too! I have that same sewing machine and I'm in love with it. It is lightweight yet powerful. My sister's fancy singer is wimpier than my baby blue! lol. Anyways great quilt!

It's the very first sewing machine that I've owned. I bought it when I was 17, It's turning 11 this year! Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2011 07:35:27 AM »

I actually like it better with the rows non-matching.  It gives it more interest that way!  I really like it!  Congrats on a cute quilt!!
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« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2011 08:11:55 AM »

I adore that russian doll fabric...too sweet
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Aww you have a baby blue too! I have that same sewing machine and I'm in love with it. It is lightweight yet powerful. My sister's fancy singer is wimpier than my baby blue! lol. Anyways great quilt!

It's the very first sewing machine that I've owned. I bought it when I was 17, It's turning 11 this year! Cheesy

Happy 11th!  Cheesy Mine is 4 going on 5.
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« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2011 11:46:59 AM »

good for you!  you have given me inspiration!  i want to make my first quilt but i don't have all the "tools"  Wink  i might have to give it a shot!!!
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« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2011 03:14:09 PM »

I love this!  I'm glad you had fun making your quilt your way!
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« Reply #38 on: January 22, 2011 05:02:18 PM »

I was describing to my boyfriend the kind of quilt i was looking for and i came across yours. This is exactly what i had in my head. I love it so much, great job Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2011 02:02:21 AM »

I'd love to think that my machine could handle quilting but yeah I don't think it could. I have a lightweight Singer traditional and it's wonderful for everything but thickness. But it's the best I could afford, eventually I'll splurge on a hardcore machine but mine is great for now.

That quilt is amazing, it looks so cheerful that picnics would be instantly 10x more fun.
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