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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,
Melody

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Education, Sewing & Quilting

pillowcase

Hi there, how are you? I’ve been a busy girl lately, particularly with my new position at work. I’m working as a Community Manager for Ellison and Sizzix. On the Ellison side I’m managing their blog, working on social media (particularly Pinterest and a new Instagram account), and am launching a brand new blog team. This is a lot of fun for me given my enthusiasm for education and my love of children. I’ve spent many hours in the classroom volunteer-teaching art to kids, so I’m super excited to be supporting the efforts of our educators in this way.

I’m also working on quilting for Sizzix. I’ll be taking over the quilting and sewing members of our Sizzix Blog Team in the next month or so, and just came back from the International Quilt Show in Houston. I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to learn more about quilting and sewing. The quilts on display at the show in Houston were stunning works of art, and while I have no illusions that I’ll ever be that skilled or immersed when it comes to quilting, I am happy to start developing my sewing skills a bit. If you quilt you’ll probably recognize the lady on the right in this photo. I was lucky to meet Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt at the show. What a nice lady! :]

JennyDoan

Holy Moly, I’m Sewing!
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Remember my May post called Picking Up a Needle and Thread?  It seems the universe heard me and is nudging me along a thread-lined path. Once I received my new position in late September I decided there was no time like the present and found some sewing lessons.  After all, a gal needs to know what she’s dealing with so she can take informed action in the workplace, right?  Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, I’ve made the following things at my two classes:

Class 1 – a pillow case (photo at top)
Class 2 – I pieced together the tops of two quilt blocks, which will become placemats.

I’ll quilt the placemats together with the batting and backing, and will attach the binding the next time I’m able to attend a class. Woo hoo! I hope to post photos of the completed placemats in the next month or so. I used some vintage fabric I’d purchased at an estate sale years ago, along with some coordinating new fabric, and hope they turn out well.

Some Upcoming Projects
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While at the Quilt Festival in Houston I purchased a five-yard pack of coordinating fabric that will become a first small lap quilt for hubby and I to use. I love the birds and the turquoise/red combo!

fabric

After that I’ve got my eye on making a larger quilt that consists of vintage handkerchiefs sewn together and then quilted. I was lucky enough to receive an incredible collection of handkerchiefs recently (Thank you SO much Lesa and Cleova!), and would love to use some of them to make a large quilt for our bed.

I hope you’re all well and happy, dear readers. What have you been up to lately?  Please comment and share!

Warm regards,
Melody

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