Wednesday, December 8, 2010
For our final class, we learned how to put our backing together and how to baste the quilt. Our teacher also showed us how to bind the quilts when we get to that point. I had good practice piecing my back because my backing fabric was directional and so I had to line everything up when piecing it together.
After piecing, we learned how to cut out the batting and how to baste the quilt. One thing I learned about basting - it takes LOTS of pins! We worked as a group and got two of our quilts basted. I felt bad for the other woman because she was going to have to baste her quilt on her own at home because we ran out of time. Now I just have to get a walking foot in order to quilt it. I hope to get it finished in the next couple of weeks!
Last week, she told us to set the seam and then to open up our pieces with our fingers but not to open them up too much or we would pull the seams. I guess I was afraid of pulling the seams and didn’t quite open them up enough. So before I could square up my blocks, I had to go back to the iron and press my blocks. Of course, all 24 blocks are already sewn together and not pressed correctly, and therefore when I pressed them after the fact the seams aren’t quite right. Oh well, at least I learned from my mistake. I hope you won’t be able to tell too much when the quilt is complete.
Since I had to press all 24 of my blocks over again I was behind schedule in relation to the two other girls in the class. I hate being behind! I only squared up enough blocks for two rows so that I could arrange my blocks and sew two rows together and will have to do the rest at home. After we sewed our two rows together (one girl sewed all of her blocks together!), we learned how to cut out and sew on our borders. Our homework for this week is to finish out quilt top! I can’t wait to see it finished!
The picture above is my first block. Some of the seams aren't very straight, but I learned as I went and got a little better each time.
Things I’ve learned from this project:
*when cutting with a rotary cutter, a table that is at the correct height is crucial if you don’t want back pain!
*Placing sandpaper circles on your rotary ruler helps it from sliding when cutting
*Pressing your blocks are crucial (Pressing and ironing are different)
*A beginner quilter will need to square up the blocks after piecing!
*Chain stitching speeds up the piecing process
Overall, it's been a fun first experience. I went into this project realizing that it's a skill that needs to be developed, and that my first project won't be perfect. It will be fun to look back over the next few years and see how my skills have improved.
I recently found out one of my friends is having a baby. I thought an easy fun project would be to make bibs. I searched the web and found this cute site. There are also many other fun tutorials on the right toolbar. I found the cutest barnyard animal fabric from Hancock’s and started my first project. It was super easy! I have some practice to do in order to sew a straight line, but overall, I was happy with my first project. It was my first time applying snaps. Putting on snaps was a lot easier than I thought. What was your first sewing project?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Firsts for me:
- following a pattern – includes buying enough fabric, getting my notions, cutting out the pattern, and following instructions
- sewing a zipper
- sewing darts