Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Karissa's First Quilt - Part One: Helpful Sources and Prep Work

As I mentioned last week, I started my first quilt this weekend.
I'm using the scraps from my wedding napkins so I'm having to make 4x4 inch squares for my patchwork quilt. I have a feeling the smaller the square, the harder. Let's hope it turns out straight and all.

I thought it would be really fun to invite you into this journey with me. Anyone want to try a quilt too? Have you made a quilt before? If so I may need some pointers! At the end of this blog I will share with you some sources I'm using but first what I did over the weekend.

Always wash and dry your fabric like how you will wash your finished product.
I've heard several horror stories of finding this out the hard way...

Iron out your fabrics.
I did this part while watching football with Kyle :)

I like to take a little time staring at my nicely ironed fabrics dreaming of what is to come (humm)

Tools needed:

My first cut on my rotary cutter. Those cuts bleed pretty bad!

My squares stacking up... I'll post Part Two after my squares are cut out and perhaps a little sewing done.

Now on to websites that have helped me out:

Oh, Fransson! by Elizabeth Hartman and Diary of a Quilter are both blogs all about quilting that I like to look at for how to's and inspiration. Each not only have great info on quilting but also other fun tutorials.

Here's a Finish your Quilt Guide from Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew. I think this guide will be very helpful when I get to this stage of my quilt and her blog is really great too so check that out.

Here's a quick little guide on machine quilting over at The Purl Bee.

This guide of choosing the right sewing needle will probably come in handy also from Quilt Bug.

There are also tons of patterns out there on the world wide web for quilts. Some I have found that I like are the Rainbow Bunting Quilt from A Pretty Cool Life, the Quilt in a Day tutorial from Floating On Cloud9, the Crayon Box Quilt from Sew Mama Sew, and Moda Bake Shop has so many patterns in their tutorials section.

I've just added all these links in my Bookmarks under my folder Quilting so they're easy to get to.
Hope this wasn't linky overload! I think you'll find these very helpful.


  1. looks like it will be one cute vintagey quilt! :) i have made several quilts and never once pre-washed my fabrics. :) i love the way it turns out all crinkly and aged. :)

  2. I am very impressed! I keep thinking about starting a quilt and keep chickening out. I think I am most afraid of picking the fabric - great idea about the wedding napkins.

    Congrats by the way! I looked at all the pics with Jenna and it looked like quite the day!

  3. Your brave! I want to do my first quilt but have not mustered up the courage yet! Good luck and thanks for all the resources I'm going to go check all that stuff out!

  4. what a great way to incorporate bits from your wedding. i think it's a great idea and i can't wait to see how it turns out!!

  5. beautiful. I've been cutting squares to make a bean bag alphabet for my nephew & opted for scissors because I'm not to good with those rotary cutters either. I can't wait to see the results.

  6. I'm impressed too...I adore quilts, although I've pretty well decided the talent for making one is just not in my wheelhouse!

    Good for you!

  7. Sorry about that cut... been there!! ouch!
    I had high hopes of making my first quilt when my daughter (first born) was a baby... 10 years later... one day I WILL sew a quilt!! ;)

    Can't wait to see it! Clever to use wedding fabric in it! ;)

  8. Oi vay, the rotary cutter cut! I am terrified of mine, I want some of those metal gloves to protect myself! I am doing the same thing with my wedding napkins, although I have a stellar seamstress sister in my life, so she's doing all the work as our wedding gift, it may be done by the time our second anniversary rolls around ;) Can't wait to see your progress! (visiting from Heather's)

  9. You are doing great!

    It's all quite lovely, for sure.


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