First Attempt at a Quilt (Dr. Seuss)

I just purchased a new sewing machine and decided to try my hand at quilting.  I just fell in love it. I made a small baby size quilt and it was just so fun to put together.  I didn’t know how to get started so I signed up for a class at Craftsy.  I took the first class in a 4 part series by Amy Gibson.  It was called, “Learn to Quilt – Charming Baby Quilt.”  You can find out more about Amy’s classes and patterns at her blog Stitchery Dickory Dock.

Materials needed for project:

Assorted print and solid charm squares (5×5, total of 81 squares), backing, batting, patchwork foot, painter’s tape, iron, fabric scissors, 50 wt. thread, embroidery needle, embroidery floss, pins and of course a sewing machine.

The finished size of the quilt will be 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.

20170214_201310-1Some of the supplies I used.  The Dr. Seuss squares are by Robert Kaufman and the white squares are by Moda.

20170214_202445-1I laid out all of my pattern choices so I would have an idea on how I wanted to distribute them.

20170214_220424-1Charm squares all laid out how I want them.

20170214_221341-1I picked up my squares in rows so they would still be in order when I was ready to sew them.

20170214_221604Once the rows of squares were collected I stacked them and got ready to attach them together.

20170222_154209Rows 1 – 3. Lining them up to be pressed.

20170222_190718Rows 4 – 6.

20170222_194225Rows 7 – 9.

20170222_195137Time to press the seams.

20170222_200837Rows 1 and 2 pressed and ready to be attached together. (Repeated this process for the rest of the rows.)


This is me with my finished quilt top. (Please ignore the mess…putting in new flooring, doors and painting.)  Ready to make my quilt sandwich.

batting-2I placed my batting down first and taped it down with painter’s tape.

quilt-sandwich-1Then I placed the backing RS up against the RS of the quilt top.  I pinned all 3 layers together, leaving a space to tuck the quilt inside out.  When I finished sewing around the quilt, I turned it inside out and poked out all the corners.  Then I added the finishing decorative stitch around the quilt.

front-and-back-quiltQuilt Front/Back.

finish-quilt-backQuilt Backing.

20170225_021947I used the embroidery needle to tie in the floss on all the white squares.  This will keep the layers together so the batting doesn’t move around.


Finished quilt…hung up and on display.  I am very proud of my first quilt.


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