Quilting

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.)

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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.

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

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