Nov 23, 2011

My First Quilt {part one}

 I have been sewing off & on for about a year now.  I've done small projects like crayon rolls, costumes, capes, etc.  I have not tried my hand at quilting yet, and before now, I have not even been interested.  For some reason, this week I decided I wanted to make a quilt.  Before now, I thought of quilting as a tedious waste of time.  Who wants to sit & cut out 81 fabric squares and then sew them together? 


Well then last night, I cut out those 81 squares, and I have to say...it wasn't too bad.  It was actually a little relaxing.  Now I'm so excited about my quilt, I stopped caring about Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
 
So now my next step is to piece my squares together.  I'm a bit nervous about that just because I tend to be a bit reckless with the machine.  It can get crazy.  I know how important it is to have my squares stay squares.  Wish me luck.

I know there are a plethora of quilting blogs out there; for now, I am using this one.  She gives a great start-to-finish tutorial on quilt making. 

Diary of a Quilter



So far what I have learned:
-Choosing fabric is probably the hardest part.  
-All-natural batting is expensive and I should always have a coupon handy.
-Selvage edges are very important in rotary cutting
-You only need 1/8th of a yard per fabric in a quilt...times 9 fabrics.


Do you quilt?  What are some of your favorite blogs or books?  Any tips for this beginner?


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3 comments:

Sara @ 3 Men and a Mommy said...

i would love to start quilting! my luck i would start and end up quitting half way through[haha]! good luck! :)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

You totally should Sara! I love that blog because she teaches you a very simple quilt from start to finish. I just used a variety of fabrics I had in my stash. Don't worry, I'll keep you motivated :) lol

Becky said...

I have a million squares cut & have never pieced them together. lol Good Luck!

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