Grab a beverage. This is gonna be a fairly long post. I love stamping. It’s quick, easy and pretty instant gratification. Then there’s quilting. It’s instant gratification if you have an extremely long attention span! It’s not really one of my virtues. I do, however love a variety of crafts. So, about 2 years ago I started gathering quilting supplies. Along with stamping, the gathering of quilting supplies only gets you so far. It’s the “when you use them” that’s the fun part. I read somewhere “What’s the point in quilting? You just cut up fabric only to sew it back together.” Well, if you say it that way……
Here is a photo story of my quilt adventure.
I bought 2 cake layer sets of fabric. I matched them up in pairs and get ready to sew them together diagonally.
You sew down on either side of the middle line. Then you cut them apart on the line. (I had to pick something easy) This was the easiest pattern I could find that was anything more than sewing all of the original squares together.
Then you match them up with another set of squares and do the same thing.
This gives you a finished square with 4 small triangles sewn together. I also made the same designs in square shapes. Now you sew all of the squares together. I think I forgot to take photos of this step.
Jump ahead to the final pressing before it goes to the quilter.
I had never sent a project to a quilter. It was kind of scary. Like the first time you take your baby to a sitter. I didn’t choose a sitter lightly. And it was the hardest thing I had done at the time. Sending the quilt out was not nearly as traumatic but it might have been close. It’s like sending your baby away.
Luckily I got a good recommendation from a friend.
She was even nice enough to send me a few photos while she was quilting it.
This is what I got back. I was so excited! You can visit Ann’s blog here. She actually did a blog post of her own for my quilt. She has several different photos of it. It really adds to the story! She was amazing to work with. She taught me a few things and was very sweet to drag along this “newbe”.
Here it is quilted. Now the last step was to bind the edge. I had a lot to learn still. This step made me nervous. Ann taught me what I needed to do. That, and a few Youtube videos helped me a lot.
If you squint your eyes and tilt your head you can see where I hand stitched the binding to the back of the quilt.
Here is a closeup of the front of the quilt and the binding. I am super proud of this quilt. Mostly I am proud of myself for actually completing a project that took more time than watching a feature length movie.
This is what it looks like after I washed it. It gives it the little bit of pucker and texture.
Do you quilt? Do you do another craft other than stamping? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it. I can’t wait to hear about your projects and start another of my own.