I started quilting at the beginning of 2013. I finished my Rainbow Bricks quilt top, using skills I’d developed while making dresses. Then, I realized, I was going to have to quilt the beast and ground to a halt. I did some research, read some books, tried to figure it all out, but I wasn’t sure where to go with the top. Any ideas I had were so clearly above my skill level.
Instead, I decided to try a small piece. I looked through the Moda Bakeshop, at the time, my only real reference and found a charm-friendly pattern for a nine patch. After buying some cute fabric, I cut and pieced and created a little top. I made my sandwich, just like the books said, basted with pins, and used a cheap walking foot with a guide to straight-line quilt the entire thing. Here are the results:
It may not be perfect– the seams don’t all match, the quilting lines are a bit off in some places, but I like it. It’s cute and cheery. I gave it to my mother for her birthday that March because she would never care that it’s not perfect. For her, I made it, and that is all that matters. I’m now working on a quilt top that is destined for my parents. It is much more technical. The quilting will be much more involved. Most of all– it will be bigger! (Queen Sized!)
Since the new year I have started quilting. I started out by cutting and piecing the bricks for a full sized quilt based on this one. It will be full of some wonderfully bright batiks I picked up from Keepsake Quilting with my sisters. I decided not to assemble the top, however, because I was afraid it would be far too unwieldy to quilt on my own. I have since finished a mini-quilt based on this tutorial where I got in some practice with straight-line quilting. I quilted and bound the whole thing during Winter Storm Nemo after school was cancelled for the day.
I’ve got the bug now, though. I decided to pull out my bricks last night and lay out the design. Now I’m piecing the bricks into blocks of four bricks which I will connect up after. Unfortunately, part of the reason I stopped the piecing before was that I did not have a 1/4 inch foot, so I eyeballed the piecing of the bricks (which I’m not sure were cut all that well to begin with). A lot of them are off by up to 1/8 inch. I’m hoping that constructing the blocks in this way, unlike the tutorial where they are assembled in strips will help me to get a more even quilt. The batiks are hiding the abnormalities a bit, but I would like to have the corners as tight as possible.
I’ll post pictures later. Unfortunately, I left my camera at my parents’ house over Christmas and will not be able to get it back until the weekend.