My First Quilt!

My First Quilt!
Greetings, dear readers! I’ve been a busy bee at work, and have been spending much of my free time learning how to quilt and sew. I’m having a great time learning these new skills, and am pleased to have a finished project to share with you. I just completed my very first quilt, and though it’s far from perfect I’m very pleased with how it turned out – especially for a first quilt from a newbie sewist.

My First Quilt!

As you may recall I purchased the fabric for the quilt top at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October, which I attended for work. I decided on a simple pattern using squares, and used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Square Die (Sizzix has square dies in different sizes) to cut the fabric shapes, which was quick and easy.  You can cut up to 8 layers of cotton fabric at a time using a Sizzix Steel Rule Die and I didn’t have to worry about cutting imprecise shapes, which might’ve happened if I’d used a rotary cutter and a mat.

My First Quilt!

The backing fabric was purchased at Flying Geese Quilt Store in Tustin, and I used over a hundred safety pins when basting all the layers together for quilting – yikes!  Some people send their quilt tops out to be quilted by long arm quilters, but I wanted to try and do it myself and quilted it on my little machine at home. I used a simple box quilting pattern within each fabric square, and though it was time consuming it worked well.  Bonus – all the sewing was good practice for me!  This quilt will be used as a lap quilt, or used for a bit of extra warmth on the bed, though it’s not big enough to cover our entire queen size bed.

My First Quilt!

I’ve already started my second quilt, a Tumbler pattern featuring super colorful fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe Fassett is an artist who works in many mediums – paint, knitting, quilting, mosaics and more – and I’m enamored of his fabrics. I’m actually reading his autobiography, Dreaming in Color, too.  Consider me a fan!  Using such a riot of color and pattern in a project isn’t typical for me, so this is an “expanding my horizons quilt” – we’ll see how it turns out.

I hope all is well with you, dear readers. Until next time!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted March 11, 2015 at 8:53 am by Barbara | Permalink

    Beautiful! Love the colors, Melody.

  2. Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:55 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Delicious….you’ve certainly mastered this art!

  3. Posted March 11, 2015 at 10:26 am by Kathy Regier | Permalink

    Wonderful, Melody! I am impressed, I would never have guessed it was a first quilt.

  4. Posted March 11, 2015 at 10:50 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks so much! :]

  5. Posted March 11, 2015 at 10:50 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Jo,
    I’m far from having mastered the art of quilting, but I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement. So nice of you! :]

  6. Posted March 11, 2015 at 10:52 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you so much! It helps that I used die cut squares and that I’ve been taking quilting classes twice a month. I can’t imagine muddling through a first quilt without some guidance and pointers. :]

  7. Posted March 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    Oh we ARE cosmic twins! I’m so happy you got the quilting bug, Mel…and those Kaffe Fassett fabrics will be awesome in a large tumbler quilt. 8″ tumbler will really show off his gorgeous fabric. The tumbler quilt I’ve started has 2.5″ tumblers which I’m piecing by hand. I’ll bet YOU will be done first!

    Keep calm & quilt on!!!

  8. Posted March 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm by Bev | Permalink

    Great job! Love the colors and your pattern! Deb M and I are doing a quilt square challenge a month – she puttered out in Feb cause she was sick, but you should follow us and ours. It’s a retro type deal. Now your hooked I’m sure – can’t wait to see your next one!

  9. Posted March 12, 2015 at 9:25 am by Robin Eggen | Permalink

    I love this quilt so much. Beautiful colors and layout. Brava, girlfriend!!

  10. Posted March 12, 2015 at 11:18 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you – so glad you like it!

  11. Posted March 12, 2015 at 11:19 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! Yep, I’m hooked. I’ll definitely check out your quilt square challenge. :]

  12. Posted March 12, 2015 at 11:21 am by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie/Quilting Enabler,
    You and your tiny hand-pieced shapes. I can’t even imagine! how fun to be sharing another creative medium with you…