Believe it or not. THIS is the very first quilt I have ever made! Although I have designed patterns incorporating piecing, I have never made a finished quilt with batting, binding and actual quilting.
Having a beautiful and darling five week old granddaughter was my inspiration.
You will have to take my word about this, because her parents have wisely decided not to post photos of her online. But, this allows me to declare she is the most wonderful little girl ever born!!
At least to me she is.
The splatter paint print they decided on for the curtains had a delightful coordinating animal print. So I bought two yards of that, not really sure what I would do with it.
Then I went to an American Sewing Guild meeting where several of the ladies brought quilts to show they had made for their grandchildren. And I thought ... "Heck! I can do that!"
Not feeling as if I needed to reinvent the wheel, I decided to use a simple traditional quilt design from this book, which I have had for a long time.
Good news for you, there are MANY used copies on Amazon for as little as $1.04 plus shipping. It is a good introduction to quilting.
I used the "Economy quilt" design in the book.
So, I made copies of the pattern at the back of the book, got out my rotary cutter and went to work.
I should work for Juki.
I like to chain stitch when I have lots of small things to sew and cut them apart all at once.
And, you know ... I think of myself as pretty accurate when sewing even seams. BUT, WOW ... you have to be super perfect and perfectly accurate when sewing all those small pieces if you want everything to line up in the final assembly.
I have new respect for quilters!!!
Actually this is harder than I realized giving me even more respect for experienced quilters.
The pattern in the book designated 4 blocks across by 6 long for a crib quilt, but I made more thinking I would make in a bit bigger. Then I realized I bought crib sized batting. It was only large enough for the 4 by 6 quilt like the book.
SO! what to do with the extras?????
Plus, I have LOTS of it left over from other projects. Waste not want not.
This was a very satisfying project. I hope to make another quilt or two or three. And I will so much more appreciate every quilt I see, knowing what goes into making one.
I am starting to pull together a blog about patterns and fitting for larger sizes and for all of us who are experiencing body changes as we age. Should be up next week.