I realized that no matter how many amazing projects I want to try from the crafty blogs, I did actually buy this sewing machine for a purpose. I promised a friend of mine who was having a baby that I would make her a baby quilt. (I say was having because I am so behind that she has now had said baby!) Since that's the plan, I needed to get on the learning to make quilts part!
I decided to use some of the fabric Mom so generously brought me on her visit and see if I could make a very basic quilt square. The quilt I have planned for E. is all squares, so I have already bought a 3.5" square template.
I had some trouble getting 3.5" strips to be even, maybe because my cutting mat isn't that big? I need to work on that! There is a LOT of cutting in my near future. Either way, I did manage to get a bunch of squares out of the fabric eventually.
I laid them out in a grid on the cutting mat, so I could see how it would look in fabric and not just in my head.
Once I decided I liked the layout, I started pinning everything together as instructed by my little sewing manual. And yes, today's lesson is that pins are sharp! Who knew? :P
It took a surprising amount of time to get everything pinned so nothing buckled and everything lined up right. (I forgot to take a picture of the first pinning set. I sewed the first batch of pairs together and then did this part.)
One I had everything pinned, I sewed the 1/4" seams and I am very proud that they are pretty much straight! They're not perfect, but I have no illusions about my beginner status with getting really straight seams.
Then I had these three sets of squares and I pressed the seams so they would all lay flat. Is there a direction you're supposed to press seams? I pressed mine so the edge faced left for some reason, but then I realized I didn't know if there was a right way to do that part.
Once I won the fight with my iron and got all the seams pressed, I pinned one set together, sewed it and pinned the next. I am getting better at the seams - these are closer to straight! (I am so proud of myself.)
And then, all of a sudden and much faster than I expected, I had a quilt square! It's so pretty. :)
This only took me about an hour and half from beginning to end. I honestly thought it would take me much, much longer. Apparently, I'm cooler than I think? Haha, or this is easier than I think!
I actually love the way this looks. I think I might find a similar fabric and make a quilt for my bed that's just very simply squares alternated like this. It's basic, but somehow I like the look more in person than I do when I lay it out as an idea.
Next up: Learning to cut straight strips, so I can start cutting for E's quilt! It's going to be SO cool when I'm done.
Wish me luck,