Monday, May 3, 2010

Quilting: The adventure begins

Ever since I laid my eyes on this fabric, I've known it was meant to be a quilt for Madeline. But, there's one small problem.

I've never made a quilt.

So a couple months ago, I started reading and researching quilting. What fabric to use, what kind of batting to use. Sashing, cornerpost, pinwheels, log cabin squares, borders. Different methods of basting, spraying, pinning, clipping. Quilting with a walking foot, free motion quilting, long arm quilting. Birthing a quilt, binding a quilt, mitered corners, blind stitches...

It's enough to give me a headache.

But I still want to do it. She's still in her crib, and I'm crossing my fingers that we'll be able keep her in there until I have a chance to get educated and get her "big girl" bedding done.

So. We all have to start somewhere. I purchased a walking foot for my machine and started simple. I saw this great tutorial over at the Polkadot Chair and thought it would be perfect with the minimal cutting and straight line quilting. But even though it was simple, it still gave me a chance to practice making my quilt sandwich, basting, quilting and binding.

It was fun! It didn't take me nearly as long as I expected and I have a sweet table runner to show for it. I even successfully mitered my corners.

So, I'm feeling a teensy bit more confident about this whole quilting thing, and I'm planning on attempting some free motion quilting on this adorable doll quilt as soon as my darning foot arrives. Hopefully I'll be ready to start on "THE" project sometime in the next decade. :-)



  1. It' beautiful!!! I love the fabrics you chose!!!
    I'm going to feature this FOR SURE next time I do a show and tell!

  2. Woo hoo! Wonderful job Molly. Your table runner looks fresh and lovely! Now you have the bug.

  3. Yay you did it!!! Looks great!

  4. this is the only reason I want a sewing machine. I want to make some quilts. Don't tell my mom. Sew Sew has quilting classes but I don't know when.

  5. wow. you are much more thoughtful then I am. I just decided to make a quilt and tried to figure it out as I went. Your first attempt looks much better!