Sunday, October 3, 2010

Quilt top #2

So as I posted before, I’m almost done with my 2nd quilt top.  This one has been fun to make and I’ve learned a lot.  I get so emotionally invested in these quilts though, I don’t know how I’ll ever make one to give away!  I spent a long time on this, trying to figure out how to read the pattern, since this was my first time using a pattern, and doing a lot of trial and error.  My seams on most of this quilt aren’t anywhere near even, but I can already see a huge improvement in my seam sewing from when I started til now.  I’m hoping all my strips line up and are actually square.  I’m a little nervous about it.  We’ll see…

Here’s the fabric I used.  I ordered the top stuff that’s already cut online and got the rest at Joann’s before I left the States.

IMG_9757 IMG_9758  Here’s a better shot of the squares.   This fabric was designed by “Me and My Sister Designs”, and the pattern I did was also by them.  These came pre-cut, so I didn’t have to spend hours cutting all these into squares, thank God!  It would have taken me hours.


I did cut all these though.  It’s hard to tell in this picture, but the fabric is a little bit sparkly.  I like it.  You can see the sparkles a little better in the second picture.

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So I used all those squares to create a 4 colored square, like you see in the bottom of this picture, and then used the white strips in between the squares.  My seams look decent in this picture, but not all of them are like these ones…  I wish they were though.


These will be the 4 corners of the quilt.  It took me quite a while to figure out how to sew that top triangle on to the short strip and have it line up.  They’re not perfect, but it was my first time doing this so I’m happy with how they turned out. IMG_2062 

All the seams are pressed and they’re ready to be sewn together.

IMG_2067 I really need to get racks or something to hang on the walls by my sewing machine so I can keep my pressed fabric organized.  Right now I drape it over chairs or the ironing board, but it needs to be out of Abbie’s hands when she’s in the room, so the higher the better.  This is as far as I am right now.  I need to sew these strips together and then the quilt top will be done, but I’m nervous about it, so I’ve been putting it off.

IMG_2068 Here’s a picture of my little sewing desk.  Someday I hope to have a sewing/craft room, but that’s a ways off.  I see pictures on quilting blogs of these AMAZING studios and I dream about having that kind of space someday.  That table and light are from Ikea and I’ve seen quite a few pictures from serious quilters that use Ikea furniture too.  It’s cheap and functional.  You can’t beat it really.


And here are my trusty weinas keeping me company.  I’m not sure why I bother to iron the fabric….  I really need to figure out how to keep my ironed fabric unwrinkled because the draping it over furniture method isn’t working out so well for me.


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