Monday, July 18, 2011
Making It Up As I Go--Begining Quilting
inspiration quilt, I identified the lines of the main quilt segments. The first line goes straight across the middle.
Then I began sewing the pieces using the paper-pieced string quilt method that a friend suggested to get the look I was going for.
I am very pleased with the results so far.
I am undecided as yet of how I will finish it. When I first bought the fabric I thought I might make a new bedspread for my and Jeremy's bed. But I've also been contemplating the need for a dedicated family picnic blanket and think this fun pinwheel-esque pattern would be fun for a picnic quilt. If I was going to do that I would back it with a more sturdy fabric, and maybe use no--or very thin--batting? These are all ideas I hear, but really don't have much experience with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Another nice thing about large quilt pieces is the quilt comes together more quickly. I have to say this is nice for two reasons. First anyone beginning a hobby likes to be encouraged to continue by quickly seeing substantial results. Second, mom's of three busy boys don't get a lot of free sewing time. So when I only have 20 minutes of sewing time in the evening (after set up and put away time is factored in--because I won't tell you what happened last time I left my sewing machine up and unattended during the day time. . .) it's nice when I can see progress each night.