My two sisters are similar, yet different. Naturally, the quilts I’ll make for each should be just so. My fifth quilt, a scrappy 16-patch snowball is for Laurel, the middle sista. 🙂 The blocks, binding and some of the backing are from scraps left from previous projects. I also used Kona Solid White and Michael Miller Kiss Dot Fog for the front border and back. I purchased the batting using a 50% off coupon. Love saving $!
I hope Fathers everywhere were able to spend time with their families this past weekend. Our family traveled to one daughter and son-in-law’s rural home to spend a lovely day outdoors.
A patchwork quilt is on our bedroom makeover wish list. An antique quilt was out of my range and I couldn’t find a store-bought one I liked.
So . . . I decided to learn how to make one. Definitely a labor of love/hate.
🙂 / 😦
So how does one who has never made a quilt start?
A lot of Internet searching, quilt books and trips to guild stores for advice. I found an excellent video that explains how to create a quick and easy nine-patchwork quilt.
The quick nine patch quilt method comprises sewing several fabric strips together vertically lengthwise, then cutting horizontally across the sewn strips which saves time and makes piecing so much easier.
My quilt is rather large, so I was looking at approximately $250 USD to have it professionally machine quilted by the guild. Hmm. Hey, I might as well go all the way and learn how to machine quilt, right? I purchased a walking foot for my sewing machine and quilted straight lines and “stitch in the ditch.”
I found The Little Red Hen Blog’s binding tutorial simple and easy to understand.
It has taken me three months to make, I know it’s not a work of art, there are many mistakes . . .
. . . But, “somebody” likes it and I am stoked that I actually made a quilt!
Have a good week! – – Joanne
I’m enjoying a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ day off today. *happy sigh* A perfect day to catch up on small incomplete projects. In March, I posted about our Bedroom Revamp Plans.
I love the clean look of a white cotton matelassé paired with a patchwork quilt. Well, I found the matelassé . All that was missing was the quilt. I didn’t want a mass-produced quilt; yet I didn’t want to break the bank on an antique quilt, either. What’s a girl to do? Why, sew her own quilt, of course. While it is taking a little longer than I thought, I am so determined to complete this project. It will get done. I promise. LOL.
Because of my on-going quilt project, I now have quite a collection of fabric scraps. Hmm. My sewing machine needed a cover (cozy). What better way to practice learning how to piece and quilt? Now remember . . . I’m learning. You’ll see my mistakes right away (hint: spools). 😕 But, I learned a good deal doing this little project:
Measure the length of your machine; include the hand wheel on the side.