Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beginner's Quilt

I'm sure as many of you can guess I'm pretty new to the sewing world and figuring things out as I go along.  I love quilts but the idea of making one has always kind of scared me.  I decided to try to piece together a quilt, but make it a beginner's quilt.

There's my kitty Gaia checking it out!  
It's not perfect, but I think it's a pretty decent first attempt.  Even better, it was pretty easy!  I started out by cutting out a bunch of fabric rectangles that were 8x10" (12 of each in three different fabrics).  I arranged them on my coffee table in the pattern I wanted then started sewing rows of them together.

After I got six rows of six done, I started sewing the rows together.  Here's a peek at the back.
Then when I was done with that I made a sandwich of back fabric, quilt batting, and my sewn together pieces (right sides together with batting in the middle).  I sewed around the entire thing leaving a big opening for turning.  I turned right side out and then hand sewed the opening closed.  Pretty easy, even for a beginner like me!

21 comments:

  1. Cute! It looks fantastic! Always something Ive wanted to learn to do!

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  2. Thanks for commenting on my blog :-) Your quilt looks great! I love quilting--you'll be addicted after this one!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  3. Awesome! I love square block quilts!

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  4. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! :) I love your quilt...I am so DYING to learn to sew and I'd love to make a quilt someday! I really love the colors and patterns you used, too!

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  5. What a great quilt! I have never been brave enough to make one myself!!

    http://valfrazier.blogspot.com

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  6. I taught myself to sew, and have yet to tackle a larger project, but you've made it look so easy, so now I'll be trying my first quilt. Thanks! :-)

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  7. P.S. New follower of your blog! I hope you'll consider following me back. :-)

    www.stitch2buttercups.blogspot.com

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  8. I LOVE it! And the colors you chose!!! I was stopping in to say hello and to ask if you ever did a Cutting Edge Stencils post! So CURIOUS to see what you got!! :)

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  9. I just love it! You did such a great job! I'm very impressed!

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  10. Great job! I've never made a quilt either so I am impressed! Thanks for linking up!

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  11. Nice spring colors. It looks like it was fun to make.

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  12. Great job especially for your first time. The colours are pretty. I have a suggestion: to keep it safe for washing and prevent the batting from balling up you might want to quilt the layers together. You could tie knots with embroidery thread through all the layers at the corners. Or you could try your hand at a simple machine stitch through all the layers. There are lots of tutorials out there, but basically you just smooth it out, pin through all three layers to keep it smooth and then run some straight stitches from top to bottom and side to side.

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  13. That's cute! I love your choice of colours!

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  14. It looks really good. I just started my first quilt as well. It takes some creativity and planning. Thumbs up for yours.

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  15. Katie, I'm impressed. And, as always, your combination of colors and patterns is perfect!

    Thank you for linking up another wonderful project to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17

    Jenn

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  16. I need to invest in a sewing machine so I can make a quilt that adorable!!

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  17. Looks great! And easy to make. Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday at Ninth Street Notions. Can't wait to see what you have this week!

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  18. Nifty quilt! Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again!! If you haven't already please be sure & link up more of your creativity, I look forward to seeing all your great ideas. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

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  19. Awesome job! Love the colors. BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog. Check out my first and only quilt (so far). I made it for my mom. It was fun, but I agree with you...scary at first.

    http://twosidesoftherainbow.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-first-and-hopefully-not-last-quilt.html

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  20. Your quilt is very nice, and I love the happy colors you used. I've been wanting to make a quilt forever, so that's on my bucket list after I get the million and one other projects I want to do finished.

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