July 02, 2007

Quiltin' Bee

Last week I made my first ever quilt (pictured above) from a pattern in the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book, which is based on the traditional "Flying Geese" pattern. I just love how the triangles look like little pennants- they remind me of the flags that fly over christmas tree lots and used car dealerships (is it strange to be inspired by a used car dealership?? Anyway...) It is a crib sized quilt, and a gift for my sister who is about to have a baby. The process was fun, a little confusing and very exhausting, but I finished it in time for the baby shower yesterday and I thought I'd share some of pics of what it looked like in the various stages of construction.

My favorite part of the whole quilt-making process was laying out all the triangles of cut fabric and moving them around until I was happy with the design. Then I numbered all the rows and stacked them up so I would know what order to sew them in.

The numbered stacks of cut fabric. There were 14 rows of 11 triangles each.

Here is a completed strip, with all the seam allowances pressed towards the colored fabric pieces so they wouldn't show through to the front. (Good idea, right?). Those little triangles of fabric were snipped off before proceeding to the next step.

Next, I took all the numbered strips and attached them one by one, until I had my completed quilt top.

Then it was time to make the "quilt sandwich". I layed out my bottom piece, (which was a twin size sheet cut down to size) my cotton batting, and my quilt top, then hand basted all three pieces together so they wouldn't shift once I started quilting on the machine.

I quilted 11 vertical lines down the center of each triangle, and then "stitched in the ditch" around each white triangle, which took FOREVER! My sewing machine was not happy with this chain of events, but we made it through.

Finally, I cut a bunch of 2 1/2" wide strips and sewed them together make the binding. which was pinned into place, attached with the machine, and slip-stitched by hand to the back of the quilt, which Derek was kind enough to stay up and help me with until the wee hours of the morning on Saturday night. I learned a lot and of course have a whole new appreciation for the art of piecework and quiltmaking. I'm already looking forward to picking out fabric for my next one!


Anonymous said...

cutest. quilt. ever. I can't believe how organized and thorough you are with the sewing! (well, yes, I can believe it). It looks absolutely perfect. I have been wanting to try that pattern with all of shannon's old cords I've been saving. can't wait for more quilt posts! xoxo ellen

Derek said...

Cutest quilt ever?


baffle said...

I've a few quilt notches on my sewing belt, but truthfully - was never so organized and careful in my quilt-making as you. Have hand-quilted as well as machine quilted. Always painful, always satisfying.
Stitch in the ditch is hard! Especially on such a big piece!
You G, G!

Your choice of fabrics and colors is delightful. The love and care in your construction of the pieces is evident in the beautifully finished product.

Your sister and her baby will treasure this quilt forever.


John said...

just had to give you props. i love the triangles. i guess i see the flying geese but i saw arrows undulating in an animated flurry. bravo!

jessierose said...

I'm sure I already told you this, but I LOVE IT!!! thank you! you're the best!

Mariss said...

Congraqts on your first quilt. It's gorgeous, and the color selection is great. (Denise's stuff is amazing!)