I have been DYING to do this for about 2 years now and when mom got me a sewing machine for Christmas I had no more excuses. So yesterday I finally hooked her up and starting playing with scraps – and let me tell you I sucked. I couldn’t sew in a straight line to save my life. But it didn’t take long for me to remember all the little tricks mom taught me back in the day or the many adventures I’d had sewing with my grandma every Christmas. So I said screw starting with easy pillow cases I’m jumping in – ignoring the fact that I have a MOUNTAIN of laundry and a very sorry looking kitchen. I went up to Joanne’s just to grab a book on how to do it and a bigger cutting board, when 100 dollars, 4 new pieces of fabric, pins, scissors, and two books (one sewing, one quilting) later and I was on my way. PHEW.
These are the fabrics I picked out… aren’t they pretty!?! The vintage floral pattern reminds me of my Vera Bradley bag… plus I just LOVE it.
Anyways I started out with an easy 4-patch pattern per the books instructions
Myrna tried to eat the batting….silly kitty that doesn’t taste good.
After I sliced them all up (forgot to take pictures of the process) I had to sew the strips green and purple fabric together.
Please excuse the pudgy fingers. I have hands like a five year old
This is what they look like once they are done being sewn before I pressed them:
(Note: Pressing is apparently NOT the same as ironing . The difference being that when you IRON you glide the iron over the fabric and move it around, but when you PRESS you simply hold the iron in one place and move it as little as possible)
Also, please excuse the bad lighting and angle. It was late. And I forgot to change the white balance on my camera. And I am too lazy to go play with picasa or picnik right now. And I’m too poor to get photoshop. Though that will probably change this summer.
I had to slice them at this point into the small rectangles that would make up half a block
Then sew pairs of these new smaller rectangles together to make my blocks – I think I did this around 24 times….
Here are all my completed blocks, both the small ones I made and the larger focus ones in the floral pattern
Laying out the pattern so I can make sure I have everything…
Myrna made a home on top of some of the rows I had completed… After laying them all out I had to go and sew each row individually before being able to put it all together
To do this, I had to line up the edges of each piece and place the side I wanted to show (printed side) together so that the wrong sides were facing out in order to hide the seam.
Finally, The front of the piece was complete! I just have to put the batting and back on it. But I forgot to buy safety pins and a walking foot for my machine. So that will have to wait a day or two. Its by no means a perfect quilt, there a few squares that didn’t line up as nicely as they should, but it is a lot bigger than I had thought it would be… However, considering its my first quilt and one of my first sewing projects I am thrilled with how it turned out. And I’m sure my little niece will be as well. When she can actually appreciate things other than food, sleeping, and clean diapers. Once the back is done I’ll update with that process as well as a photo of the fabric i’m using as well.
Please excuse the mess in the background.. this is in my spare room and the cat knocked over the basket that held some books along with my old pound puppy, while the quilt is on top of a deflated bed.
I’ll post more when I get the rest of the quilt done hopefully this week after finals…