You know how, when you have exams hanging over your head, you won’t let yourself do anything else until you’ve studied?
I have been feeling that it was time for me to move from “Quilting 101” to “202,” and I just couldn’t let myself wander off into any other interests until I tried a more advanced technique.
I’ve made mostly crib-size quilts, and with each one I have tried to improve my precision and efficiency. I thought I was ready to step up from these small quilts to a larger quilt. A local teen run-away center needed twin-size quilts for boys. That seemed ideal for a project, because what boy is going to worry about the quilt being perfect?
I decided to try a Disappearing Nine Patch out of shirting and other masculine prints.
I had fun making the blocks, and sewing them into strips – but that’s where I stopped.
I like to quilt-as-I-go. Usually I place one large piece in the center, and then surround it with strips on all four sides, stitching through fabric, batting, and backing all at once. For this larger quilt, I thought I would place the first strip across the center, and then add one horizontal row at a time. It sounded pretty easy, but once I had everything laid out, it looked huge, and I thought I’d never get it through my machine. It took me a few days to work up the courage to try.
So that’s what I did all day yesterday, and it came out pretty well! I’m not wild about the color palette, but it’s not for me. Most of the corners even match! And that is not my strong point.
I think what helped the most was that I had absolutely wonderful backing fabric. It’s strong and smooth and never even tried to pucker.
I also used a fabulous little folding table at right angles to my sewing table, to support all the fabric as I sewed. It has adjustable legs, so it’s easy to match the height of my table.
The hard part is done! I still need to add borders and do the actual quilting, but I have more familiarity with those parts. I feel like I’ve finished the essay portion of the exam, and all I have to worry about now is some multiple choice! Hand me that syllabus for Quilting 202!
Beautiful, and my kind of style as a Novice. My is without matching the points/corners. Be A Blessing because you’re Blessed. Mtetar
Yes, I just saw a new design called Four on the Floor, that has even fewer corner matches! I think that might be my next project! Thanks as always for stopping by!
You’re always welcome! Thanks for that info I feel much better about my project. Be A Blessing because you’re a Blessing. Mtetar
I like the table what the brand and cost? Mtetar
It was from Target, and I think it was about $40. Wal-Mart sells tables for less, but they don’t have adjustable legs.
Thanks, It makes a great work station set up. Be A Blessing because you’re a Blessing. Mtetar
You passed the exam with flying colours and great matches… now if only I can find the time to finish off my velvet quilt that I started so many years ago… I never did find the rest of the colours I needed, but I will!
That sounds beautiful! Is it a crazy quilt? Is velvet hard to sew? Are you machine-sewing or hand-sewing it?
You did a great job, and some teen(s) will be delighted and comforted to use your quilt.
That’s what I hope for – or that at least, they will think, “I don’t really care about this particular blanket, but it does show that somebody cares about me and what happens to me.” 🙂
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