Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I can do things

Occassionally I decided that I know how to do things.  Things that I in all actuality don't know how to do.  Maggie and I have an on-going debate about me believing that I can just do things (and I WILL play you a song on a piano one day) and so a couple weeks ago I decided that I could sew well enough to sew a quilt.  Not true, but I decided to go through with it anyway.  I had ordered fat quarters online from a lady on Etsy and spent a few hours on my day off cutting the fat quarters down into 4x4 squares.  It took forever because I made a pattern out of a piece of cardboard and scissored them all. Since then, I got a rotary cutter and a cutting mat which makes things so much easier but hey, ya live, ya learn.  

So, I went to town, cut all my squares, then put together a pattern that I liked.   Steps 1 and 2 done!

The next evening I decided to start sewing.  Like I said, I have never sewn a quilt before, so I don't know that this is the way to do it, but I started with my 4 squares right in the middle and worked around them sewing together 4 blocks at a time, then the small blocks into big blocks.  This was the quilt top after I finished it up.

After that I ironed it all flat (as flat as I could since I didn't sew my seems all the same direction), then laid it on top of a minky fabric and cut the back. 

Once I had the back cut to size I started sewing.  I ran along all 4 sides and left a spot just large enough to flip the quilt inside out, like you would if you were making a pillow, then hand stitched the little bit closed by hand.  This is the quilt with the back on.

I messed it up a little.  The minky fabric has a little bit of stretch to it, so I cut it a little wonky and it wanted to pull the top funny so I learned my lesson there.  Since I don't know how to hand quilt, I decided to just tack each square to the minky fabric and make it a tied quilt.  I just used embroidery floss and tied the center of each square.  This is the finshed product.  I was happy that my lines were so straight except for one spot....where I sewed in a set of blocks upside down and then was so frustrated with myself that I couldn't bring myself to seam rip it and do it over.  

So....that's my first attempt at quilt making.  I love that quilt.  It's just pretty.  I made it for Miss Ollie who will be here shockingly soon.  I've just finished my second quilt for Maggie's baby.  I'm sure hoping it's a boy because the quilt is definately all blue and red.  I'll throw up some pictures of it soon.  I hope you like it too!  And remember, I CAN just do things.  You can too. 

P.S.  I forgot to mention that I know very little about sewing machines....what type of needle should I be using for this kind of project?  My thread keeps breaking on me at random so I have changed my tension to be tighter and looser and that didn't seem to help so I thought maybe it's my needle.  I suppose I could read the instruction manual but come on...who wants to do that. 


  1. I Love that you can just do things! (I think exactly the same way) And I can tell you that I don't know crap about my sewing machine (you know the technical stuff) but I have made a lot of goodies with it and it reminds me of the little engine that could. Who has time for those silly instruction manuals anyway? I Love the quilt too! It really is quite fantastic! Great job Abbie!

  2. I love your quilt! You need to put a layer of batting between your top and bottom. ;)

    check to make sure your needle is in straight and I use cotton thread.
    Keep it up Ab! You can do anything!

  3. When you get your fabric, make sure you wash and dry it before cutting and sewing...otherwise, some crazy stuff can happen and wreck all your hard work! If you have a quilting/fabric shop in your area, go in and ask a few questions (not to a Joann's or Michale's or Hobby Lobby; you might get lucky and someone will know a bit about quilting, but they usually don't have any idea), they will be glad to help you out!


Related Posts with Thumbnails