Friday, April 3, 2009
Sew and Tell
Like I said in the last post, I started this blog mainly to have a place to record all of my sewing projects, past and present. This is the first quilt I ever attempted. I found the pattern in a magazine and knew I had to try it. I wish I would have known how difficult triangles are to match up, but instead, I had to learn that for myself. I sort of have a habit of doing things the hard way. This pattern was for a wall hanging, which meant I had to figure out how to make it big enough for our double-size bed. By the time I got around to finishing it years later (the top that is - it isn't quilted yet) we had switched to a king size bed ... hence the large borders. I think it works though. I will need to trim a little from the top and bottom edges though. I haven't mastered getting my dimensions right yet.
My next quilting experience was on a much smaller scale. I made this wall hanging - which would also work as a crib quilt. I'm just not sure how well my applique will hold up in the washer, so I think it is destined to be a wall hanging. It is currently hanging next to our 4 month old son's crib. This is the first quilt I actually finished - quilting, binding and all. I made the top years ago and was always afraid I would ruin it if I tried to quilt it. Finally, I decided just to take the plunge. Not bad for a first attempt, I think. I practiced my quilting on some custom changing pads I made for the baby. I would really like to take a free motion quilting class, but they are so expensive. I guess it would be worth it though to learn to do it right.
(By the way, this quilt is square, I just had a hard time getting a good angle to take the picture. I should have waited to take it until I had it on the wall.)