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!