One of the reasons I bought a sewing machine was because I had a goal to sew a quilt. To me, making my own quilt is the pinnacle of domesticity. My bonus dad and his wife made one for me about fifteen years ago and it's one of my favorite things. I just love knowing that they spent so much time together making something just for me. In this high-tech world, quilting is a low key way to make something practical and sentimental.
I didn't mess those up too badly, so one night inspiration struck and I made a curtain for our flex room out of a bedsheet.
So now that I'm feeling relatively confident in my skills, I'm ready to make my quilt. I credit our son for inspiring me. We were in the fabric store when he spotted some Thomas the Train fabric and asked if I would make him something out of it. I was quite happy with the fabrics I found to go with it.
|Fabric bought: February 21, 2013|
Then I used PowerPoint to play with patterns.
|Playing with patterns: February 24, 2012. Option 1.|
Then I washed the fabric. I learned later that this wasn't necessary.
|Washed fabric: February 25, 2012|
Next, I recruited my hubby to iron the fabric.
|Ironed fabric: February 26, 2012|
|Fabric ready to cut: February 26, 2013|
|Cutting squares: March 13, 2013|
The only new supply I bought for this project was the 6.5" quilting square.
Since I bought the fabric on a whim, I didn't have a solid idea of how much fabric I needed, so I just bought a yard and a half of each. D chose option 4 above. I counted it up and found that I needed 19 red, 45 Thomas, 12 yellow, and 12 stripe. I had no idea if I would have enough fabric, so I just started cutting.
I laid out the original design, but I wasn't quite convinced it was right.
So I added another red/stripe row to make it symmetrical.
And this is when I learned that I needed to have something for the back of the quilt. Um...oops. I only had one Thomas square left, and decent stacks of the rest. I am five squares short of what I need.
So, Nicole and I have a Joann's date tomorrow to see if I can a little more of the stripe and red fabric. I think I'm going to keep that Thomas square in the middle.
Tonight I went back to PowerPoint and tweaked my front pattern to include the stripe directions. This will be my guide as I start stitching the squares together.
And I made a template for the back.
I would have liked to put some of the Thomas fabric on the back, but the pragmatic side of me wants to buy the least amount of additional fabric as possible. I thought it was interesting that even though I bought the same amount of fabric for each design, I didn't get the same number of squares from each. I tallied up the squares I'll need:
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I'm DONE! Photos and an updated post coming soon. Here's a sneak peak: