Growing up among talented seamstresses, I have been surrounded by the comforts of handmade quilts. I slept with miniature versions as a child. My mother even made me a quilt out of my t-shirts to fit my college dorm bed (most comfortable blanket I've ever experienced). So, I'm somewhat surprised it's taken me this long to try piecing a quilt myself, but when I saw this modern chevron pattern on Pinterest, the wait was over.
|The "professional quilter" version.|
It's a small quilt, good for a first timer, and made entirely of triangles which made piecing easier. Since J has a quilting design up his sleeve, we wanted a good practice run and purchased a basic quilting book for tips and tricks.
I highly recommend doing some research before starting any quilt. The fabrics you choose are important, as are the methods you use to cut your pieces. Some basics I've learned so far include:
|The book I use, included as a photo because |
I can't find any of the progress shots of my quilt.
- Buy cotton fabrics with little to no stretch
- Wash and dry all fabrics prior to cutting
- Remove fabrics from the dryer promptly to prevent deep wrinkles
- Press your fabric, don't iron it
- All fabric must be straightened before measuring cuts
- Always buy larger cuts than you think you need, as straightening fabric often shrinks the useable amount
As for the fabric straightening, unfortunately fabric cutters and bolts of fabric aren't perfect. And, as with most things, some or more perfect than others. I had a few pieces of fabric so crookedly cut that to straighten them meant losing a couple inches, which prompted yet another trip to the fabric store, which prompted a color change when they no longer were carrying the fabric I started with.
So far, the piecing experience of quilting has been quite enjoyable. There's something zen about repetitive craft practices for me, and that's precisely what quilting requires. We'll see if I continue to feel that way when I get to the process of making my own binding.