Archive | October, 2010

Catching up

31 Oct

So. My quilt has already been finished and gifted, which means I’m behind on the updates here. After finishing the back of the quilt, I packed everything up and left for my class at the Quilt Scene, the great store where I’ve been taking all my classes.

We covered the basics of pinning the quilt. I like working at the store because of the big table and lots of space that is available. And, as much as I love Charlotte, she can make sewing a tad difficult. We started by taping the back of the quilt to the table with masking tape.

I layered the batting on top of the fabric, then placed the top of the quilt on top of the pile. I then pinned the three layers together, with several inches between each pin.

We were assigned homework to cut the binding. Binding needs to be at least 2.25 inches wide, cut on the bias, at a 45 degree angle. After cutting all of that, I was totally on the down hill stretch.

Cut 1- after squaring off the fabric, make the first 45 degree angle.

Measure off 2.25 inches on that angle, and cut the second strip. Continue until there’s enough to go around the border of the quilt, plus an extra foot or so.

(I switched colors midstream and decided to go with orange instead of the blue.)

The strips then have to be sewn together at an angle, and pressed down the center.

Next up, the quilting and binding, by far the most time consuming part of the quilting.

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Recycling

3 Oct

I found a solution to my fabric shortage. As Ashley pointed out in the comments, I will usually have to piece together quilts anyway, since most fabric doesn’t come wide enough to accommodate large quilts. Since this is a small quilt, I wasn’t anticipating having to piece the back, but I’m glad I did because I actually love the way it turned out.

Not only does it look cute, I also got to do a little fabric recycling. When I cut the initial blocks, I actually had several of each color left over. I also had a few random scraps left of the border fabric. So I drew a diagram of how I wanted the fabric to lay, cut my backing fabric, sewed together my scrappy blocks and strips, and ended up with a very cute back.

I really like the way it ties the front design with the back design. Next up for our next class- I bought the batting and safety pins, and we’re going to learn about quilting it and sewing the binding.

(I think she likes it! 🙂 )

Hm. Lessons learned, chapter one

1 Oct

So I figured that learning how to quilt would be quite a process. I was hoping I’d be able to make it through this first one without too many “oops” moments. But I just got to my first.

I made the mistake of buying all the fabric I needed upfront, before I got my full pattern and instructions. And I didn’t buy enough of the backing fabric. And I love the backing fabric… it’s this super cute umbrella fabric.

I’m not short by very much- probably 2 inches on one side and about 5 inches on the other side. There are two solutions I’ve come up with.

1- buy new backing fabric

2- fudge it and figure out a way to use it.

I’m going with option two. I LOVE the fabric- it’s really the whole inspiration behind the quilt in the first place, and I don’t want to replace it. It ties in perfectly with the front colors. And it’s adorable. So I’m going to fudge it and make it work. I actually bought all my fabric before getting the pattern, so I have a lot of extra of my front fabrics. Funny how things work, huh? So I’m going to do a little patchwork on the back. I found this as a fun inspiration, courtesy of Claire’s Chaotic Corner. Which is really funny, considering the baby I’m making this for is going to be named Claire. I consider that quite the coincidence 🙂

So- important lesson learned for quilting. Wait until you figure out what you’re going to be sewing before buying fabric willy-nilly