Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My First Quilt Part 1

I've been sharing little bits of my guest room with you but I haven't shown you the most important (in my opinion) part: the quilt.

I've never made a quilt before and don't actually know what I'm doing so there won't be a tutorial here but I'm excited to show you what I've done so far.

All fabrics in this quilt are from Pat Bravo's Indie line. I bought them from Moona Fabrics (this isn't a sponsored post) and love the bright colours and fun patterns. 

To start, I found a lovely picture on pinterest. The only problem was it didn't link to anything so I had to do some math and figure out sizes and measurements. Let me tell you, math is not my forte. Fortunately it all worked out.

I decided my meter stick and scissors weren't going to cut it (ahahah, I'm so punny) so I finally bought a rotary cutter and mat. I'm in love. Why did I not buy these tools sooner?

Anyway, once the pieces were cut I placed them on the bed. I decided I wasn't loving one of the fabrics but I'd bought extra so I swapped it out.

Next came the sewing, which was surprisingly quick. I pinned the pieces, and then ran them through the sewing machine.

My one piece of advice is one I read online but can't remember where: don't iron your seams. If you iron them, you can stretch the fabric. Instead, use the iron on the steam setting and press the seams flat.

Once each row was finished I sewed them together. This took a little shifting because, as I'd said, math is not my forte.

And that's where the project has stalled. School has been insane this year and I haven't had the time or energy to research how to make a border. 

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  1. You're off to a good start - and it really brightens up your room! Sometimes, depending on the size, you can sew your quilt top to a new (or old sheet) or blanket, then bind them together.

  2. What fun fabrics! I love a good quilt, and that is the only thing I EVER put on my bed. I don't like the puffiness of other blanket options. I wish I could sew, but this is looking awesome. Can't wait to see the full finished product.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

  3. I saw this at Kathe With an E You're Gonna Love it party and had to come take a look. I am in awe that you have actually just jumped in and started/almost finished your first quilt. I sew a lot, but am still in the "thinking about it and making small quilted projects" phase! Your quilt looks great!! I will admit, the binding part is what stalls me the most. I have researched lots of methods and I think I have settled on the method that I think will work for me. But still I procrastinate! :) It's a big commitment, so I applaud you! :) Good luck- I know you will finish it up beautifully- can't wait to see the binding method you decide on.

  4. This is a great start to your first quilt! No matter what border method you decide on, I'm sure that the quilt will turn out beautifully. Best of luck!

  5. I <3 your 1st quilt!! The color blocks pop! Pinned

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  7. I love your first quilt! The tip about pressing the seams rather than ironing is great. Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share Link Party. I hope you’ll join us every Sunday night at 7 with more of your creative sewing projects.
    ~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing


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