This Quip should have actually been posted before the post of the finished quilt but I was so excited about it that I couldn't wait.
So, and this is how it all started:
Selecting fabrics. I happen to collect a lot of low volume fabrics and they all seem to go very well with blues, greens and yellows and oranges.
I found a plus block tutorial with a lot of 3/4'' dimensions and that made me crazy... growing up and being used to metric dimensions that was not for me. Ultimately the first block went wrong. I found another tutorial with full or half inches and that worked better.
But even though the block was hopelessly wonky I thought I'll keep it anyway and make a rug out of it for my jewelry at the bedside table.
But everything went wrong with that one...
I wanted to try quilting parallel lines ... and that went wrong too. I rushed it and I did everything wrong what one can do wrong while quilting. Oh, and not to forget the the binding... that also went wrong and looks rather horrible. I rushed this as well...
The only good thing was it taught me a lesson.
- If you follow a tutorial, follow the tutorial.
- Preparation is everything.
- Be precise, don't rush.
With the other blocks I was really careful and they turned out to be really nice and square.
I knew I had to do something with the quilting, even though it's 'only' straight lines there is so much to it!
I am on Craftsy and I joined the new class by Jacquie Gering 'Creative quilting with your walking foot' which is excellent and very helpful.
But she also has this tutorial on her blog.
So I taped the entire quilt and started quilting.
Nice and slow, always checking if I was still on track.
Using the little bar attached to the sewing machine really helped, but without the control measuring I would have been hopelessly off.
I quilted the lines every 1/2 inch apart because in fairness the lines were sometimes still off by almost 1/4 inch or even more.
But I am so happy how it turned out!
Here it is again:
As for the jewelry rug: reminds me every day that mistakes can only make you better!
Linking this to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Sew Cute Tuesday!