Quilted

25 Nov

I had a lot of goals for this year.

The trick to goals, for me, is to say them out loud. When I tell someone my goal, it means I gotta make it happen. If I just keep the goal to myself, there’s a good chance I’ll never do it and/or accomplish it on time.

A few weeks ago, I told a friend that I was determined to finish a quilt I started back in February by the end of the year. Considering, I was working on the thing at a snail’s pace, it was a somewhat lofty goal.

But, on Friday night, I stayed up til 2:30 a.m. to finish the quilt.

After I finished, I threw the quilt on the couch, and went to bed exhausted. I woke up late the next morning, to find my  husband already awake and taking pictures of the quilt for me for my blog.

When I started the project back in February, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get squares to line up perfectly, so I decided to cut random sized blocks for the patterned side. I sewed each column separately, then the columns together.

The quilt is queen sized, which was the biggest detraction for me in working on it. Every time I wanted to work on it, I had to clear so much space that I just decided to put it off.

And, when I had finally finished the patterned side, and wanted to baste it, the couches needed to be moved so I could lay everything completely flat.

I didn’t try to do a fancy quilting pattern when sewing the layers together, but instead sewed in the “ditches.”

I also feared the binding, but it turned out to be easy and looks really nice.

Only after finishing it, I decided the process wasn’t that bad and somewhat enjoyable. Although next time (if there is a next time), I’ll make a smaller sized quilt to avoid my grievances this time around.

Here’s my overly simplistic guide to making a quilt:

1. Cut blocks, and sew together patterned side.

2. Lay out flat sheet, batting, then patterned side on top. Follow directions on how to baste with spray adhesive here: Machine Quilting Tutorial

3. Sew together the three layers in the ditches (or in fancy patterns). Trim the excess fabric off the edges.

4. Bind the edges using this tutorial: Fast Machine Quilt Binding

5. Wash, and enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Quilted”

  1. Sharon December 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Fantastic! I’m looking forward to the day that I can graduate to larger quilting projects.

  2. Lily December 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Your quilt looks fantastic!! Can’t wait to see your next project.

  3. AnyoneCanQuilt November 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Your quilt looks amazing!! I love it. I especially love the pictures that your husband took! I hope there are plenty more lovely quilts in your future. Thank you so much for linking to my tutorial. 🙂 p.s. I love Mumford and Sons!! x

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