What I Learned Making My First Quilt

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I’ve shared a bit about making my first quilt in my last post. Here’s the front finished.

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And here’s the back!

During the process I learned some key sewing strategies that I hope will help you on your next sewing venture.

  1. The Iron is Your Best Friend: Boy, did I learn this fast and hard. All those little triangles seemed like a lot to iron so I started off not ironing the seams open after I finished a row. But after trying to sew two rows together with unopened seams I decided all the quilting tutorials where right. Imagine that! So iron your seams open, all of them. You will have a much smoother and nicer looking quilt.
  2. Measure Twice, Cut Once: I didn’t have too much trouble with this one on my quilt because I was pretty nervous about making everything line up right. But I could see myself getting too confident in the future, so really this is a reminder to my future self.
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  4. Make Friends With Your Local Quilting Store Staff: I know mine are super nice! When I was having trouble with the second sewing machine I was using, I couldn’t get the tension right, they knew exactly how to help. New sharp needles purchased and I was back in business!
  5. Sew With the Correct (and not dull) Needle for Your Fabric: When I didn’t have a the right weight, or sharp enough needle part of the time, and I didn’t get very far. Your sewing experience will be very frustrating if you’re working with the wrong supplies. This definitely goes with the above suggestion. If in doubt, ask your local quilting store.
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  7. Safety Pin Your Quilt Together Before You Quilt It: After I had started quilting my fabric together I noticed the layers shifting slightly, which is not very conducive to straight stripes. I then read online about placing safety pins in a grid pattern throughout your entire quilt to prevent this. I had only pinned the edges together. Lesson learned.
  8. Choose a Pattern You Love: Even though my quilt making experience was quite the learning process, I’m so glad I did it and I’m very proud of my quilt. It’s not perfect, but I chose a design that I loved and couldn’t be more happy that I made it.

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Doesn’t Sean make a great quilt model?

Have you been thinking about making a quilt, but haven’t done it yet? Go for it! I don’t think you’ll regret it and I’d love to hear what you learned along the way and see your results.

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Comments

  1. I LOVE IT! The colors are perfect and so you! Ready for you to come to chicago for a winter quilting trip 🙂

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