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Beginning Maching Quilting

One of my good friends is having a baby girl in March.  I decided to make a baby quilt for her!

Here is the fabric that we picked out:

After looking at patterns – I decided to just do something I was comfortable with.  I’ll branch out and do something hard on the next project (when it’s not for someone else.)

So, I picked out my favorite block that I learned how to do in my Beginning Quilting Class that I took at My Girl Friend’s Quilt Shoppe last fall.  I made 12 of those blocks, and put on two borders, one skinny, one wide.  Then I was stuck.  I didn’t want to pay to have it machine quilted – but I wasn’t brave enough to learn how to do it myself.  Luckily my sister Holly convinced me to learn.  She gave me this tutorial to learn how:  Thimble Blossom’s Camille Roskelley’s Stippling Tutorial.  Then I went to Holly’s house for a few days so she could help me do it.  After practicing over and over – I started to get better!  With Holly’s confidence in me, I started to machine quilt this baby quilt for my friend on my own sewing machine.  It’s not perfect – but I’m so proud of how it turned out.  I came home from Holly’s and did the binding on the quilt – so now it’s ready to show off!
Ready to see it?

I used the border fabric for the back as well…

Here’s a close one to see the machine quilting:

I love how it turned out.
Thanks Holly for all of your help!  I couldn’t have done it without you.

My First Quilt

Happy Veterans’ Day! 11-11-11
During the last few months, I have been taking a “Quilting 101” class at
My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe
It has been so much fun – and I have learned so much!
The class was four hours once a week, for six weeks.
Each week we’d learn something new in class, and then we’d have to go home and do more for homework.  So what we made in class turned out to be a cute little quilt, like a table-topper… and what we did for our homework turned out to be a beautiful lap-sized quilt.
Ready to see how mine turned out?
Here’s my table topper:
 I love how the teacher of the class taught us how to make six different types of quilt blocks.
The teacher even helped me piece together my scraps to make the back of my table topper!
 As you can see, it’s almost as big as my whole table.
My little boy loved it though – a quilt just his size.
And now… Here is my lap quilt…

This time I used a coordinating flannel for the back!
Don’t you just love the machine quilting that was done on it?

I think this quilt is the perfect size to cuddle with.. and of course my little boy think so too…
So there you have it – my first quilt!  Now I can officially say that I am a quilter.

Quilting with Friends Tips

Quilting is fun, but quilting with friends is even more fun!  I have done several quilts with friends.  They are usually scappy quilts, so that your fabrics don’t have to match.  My latest quilt that I have made with friends is and I-spy quilt.  I saw an invitation (a while ago) on A Girl and a Glue Gun to make an I-spy quilt.  Luckily, I responded quickly to participate.  We all cut blocks (10 blocks of 10 different fabrics) and sent them to Kimbo.  She swapped the blocks around and sent us all 100 different blocks back.  I’ve been working hard to get my quilt top all pieced together.  What do you think?  My kids are so excited for this to be our new picnic blanket.  (I will still add a denim border before I quilt and bind it.)

While I’ve been sewing, I’ve come up with a few tips for others interested in doing a friend quilt.  These are not rules, they are just my opinions.

Tips for doing a quilt with friends
1. Cut blocks with a mat, ruler, and rotary cutter.  If you don’t have these tools, your cutting will not be straight which makes it so much more work for everyone else.  I had to re-cut quite a few blocks, just to straighten the edges.  This takes so much time, it’s a pain.
2. Measure twice, cut once.  If your blocks are not the right size, they are not useable.  I had a few blocks that were 1/4 inch short on both sides.  I just had to toss those blocks out, wasted.
3. When cutting blocks, cut off the selvedge (the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not frayof the fabric BEFORE you cut your blocks.  If the selvedge is left on your fabric and I have to cut it off, the block is now too small and tossed out.
4. Use cotton fabrics, unless otherwise specified.  Do not use knit, flannel, or any other type of fabric that is not just the usual cotton.  I do not mix different fabrics in these type of projects, so again a few more blocks were tossed.

Other quilts I have made with friends are the Bulls-eye quilt (found in the book Quilts from Aunt Amy)

and the Split Squares quilt by Country Threads.

You should all try making a quilt with friends!  Maybe someday, we’ll have to do a sisters quilt too!

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