Monday, January 21, 2013

Yes, you read that right.
I'm a quilter!
By no means am I a good/perfect quilter, but I'm a quilter nonetheless.
That is all that matters in my little ol' world.

After making my soon to be niece, Ava, a baby quilt a couple weeks back, I decided to make myself one.
The flannels were so soft and cuddle.
I couldn't resist.

So, off to the fabric store I went.
Joann's was having 50% off their flannel fabric so the timing was perfect.
These were the colors I went with.
The geisha girl fabric was going to be the centerpiece and the others were all accent fabrics.
I got random cuts without even thinking about what I was doing.
2 yards of one, 1 yard of another.
You get the idea.
When I got home I realized I wanted a throw wider than a baby blanket or the bolt of fabric (44").
Oops!
That's when I realized I was going to need a pattern of some kind.
I opened Excel, made all the cells the same square (basically making my own graph paper), and went about making my own little pattern trying to make the most of the cuts of fabric I'd purchased.
After prewashing everything, I used the pattern to make all my cuts.
It was fantastic!
Then I simply started sewing it all together.
I started by sewing the strips together for each set that surrounds the center, then I sewed those to the center piece.  
After that I sewed on the top and bottom strips and then the long side pieces.
Taadaahh!! 
For the back I used the largest scrap of orange fabric I had left and sewed strips of the green gingham to make it fit the entire quilt.
This gal is resourceful!
I laid the back piece on the dining room table, laid the quilt batting down, and then put the quilt top piece on top.
I started from the center and pinned along the borders of that section, took it to the sewing machine, and "stitched in the ditch."
I worked my way out from there in small sections until the entire thing was quilted.
Here's the finished product.
To bind the quilt, I trimmed down the top piece and batting by a couple of inches all the way around.  The allowed the back piece enough extra fabric to roll over the top and make its own binding.
You can see what I mean the picture above.

I was so stinking proud of myself when I finished.
It has its imperfections.
It has its flaws.
But it's so soft, cozy, and is finished and that's all that matters to me.
I promptly used it for a nap on the couch yesterday.
Even the critters love how soft and comfy it is.
So, I'm not going to be joining any quilting groups any time soon, but I know I can do it and I know I can only get better from here.

Happy Monday, all!

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15 comments:

  1. That's so amazing! You are so stinkin' talented!

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  2. Nice job! Makes me want to sew... nope, that's not right... it probably just makes me want to take a nap.

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  3. That is so awesome!! When I grow up I want to be you..can I be THIS age and still say that??? :)

    Laura@MiceInTheKitchen

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  4. I love the design you came up with!
    You are a born quilt designer!
    Good work for your first quilt!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  5. These are so cute and a great idea for gifts and baby blankets!

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  6. Good Job!
    It's the beginning of a whole new relationship with fabric!

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  7. Awesome job!! You obviously have a talent for quilt design and quilt construction. You've really got what it takes to be a fabulous quilter. I encourage you to try out quilt guild meetings where you will meet experienced quilters who will encourage and teach you more!

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  8. You did such a great job. Perfect gift. They will treasure it.

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  9. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!

    Kathie
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday

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  10. Congrats on being official. ;) This looks lovely and your choice of colors was wonderful. What a bright, colorful and happy blanket! Great job!

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  11. congratulations quilter. How wonderful. I like to quilt and ya know what, there is no perfect quilt. It just would not be right if it didn't contain just a little blood (pricked fingers) or a point that didn't quite match or something. Thats what makes it a hand crafted item. You can become seriously addicted you know
    will follow you to see how many more you do.
    Janice

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