Number of years I’ve been wanting to try quilting: ~5
Number of years I’ve been kind of obsessing about quilting: ~1.75
Number of quilting-related books I own: 10
Number of quilting-related books I have checked out from the library: 9
Number of times in a row I checked out Your First Quilt Book: 29
Number of times I actually referred to Your First Quilt Book while making my first quilt: 0
Number of flickr groups I stalk, in hopes of seeing more quilts: 5
Amount spent on materials for first quilt: $24
Actually making my own quilt?
pattern: Easy Lap Quilt from Bend-the-Rules Sewing
fabric: solid cottons – pink, chocolate brown, caramel brown
prints – Tracy Porter
dates: September 21 – 29
- I loved everything about making this quilt, from beginning to end. This book made me really believe I could finally actually make a quilt, and the process was so organic. In fact, I think that’s what helped me take the leap – the fact that I could design as I go, rather than following (and trying to get right) someone else’s quilt.
- I went into the fabric shop knowing I wanted to do a quilt in pinks and browns, and then I just went from there. I played with possibilities in the store (which took a very long time), and finally settled on these three Asian-inspired Tracy Porter prints. I love all three prints – the delicate pink one with the brown tree branches, the bold red/gold/brown/pink one with litttle splashes of blue, and the brown with light blue wavy branch-like things. The backing is a brown with little red and tan and white diamonds on it.
- I cut the strips as the book instructs, and the I just played awhile, till I found a design I liked – I loved this part. It really worked for me, and I see myself making quilts like this again in the future. The quilt top came together very quickly. The basting went pretty quickly, too. The actual quilting took longer than I expected, partly because I did some trial-and-error at this point (testing out thread color options, trying to quilt without drawing lines on the top first – which did not work for me!, trying to decide how many lines to quilt). This part was really fun, too – deciding where all the lines would go. Again, very organic.
- Finally, all that was left was the binding. Amy Karol suggests that, though you may be tempted to do the whole thing by machine, it will look much better if you do the binding in two steps – machine for the front, hand for the back. I should’ve listened. Instead, I followed the method in The Modern Quilt Workshop – I got myself a bias tape maker, made the binding, and then machine-stitched it. And I messed up a lot. Part of this was due to machine problems, part due to operator-error. I didn’t notice the biggest problems till I’d already washed and dried it (like a couple of places where the binding didn’t get fully attached in the back!). For now, the problems remain, but soon I do plan to go back and do the whole thing by hand.
verdict: I am beyond thrilled with this. I love everything about it (except the binding, till I fix it) – the colors, the prints, the combinations of colors and prints, the size, the way the quilting came out, and the fact that, at long last, I have made myself a quilt. There will definitely be more of these in my future. And I would highly, highly recommend Amy’s method to anyone who has been hesitant to give quilting a go.
You can see more pics here. (Yes, I have finally fallen completely, madly in love with flickr).
And don’t forget! Today is the last day to enter my contest. I’ll draw a winner in the morning and announce it in a blog post tomorrow. Stay tuned!