My First Quilt

While I am a great admirer of quilters, I’ve never had any desire to make one myself. I simply don’t have the patience for the level of detail quilting requires, but after spending time with Stacey of Snug-n-Luv at a craft show in April, I was inspired to give it a try. That day she sent me home with some beginner patterns and I choose the rag quilt to start.

The first step was to cut out 96 squares. I used some soft thin wale corduroy, flannel in white and a print with sheep and glow in the dark stars that I had left over from some pajama pants I had made years ago. This task took me a few months. Cutting out squares is boring and 96 is a lot to cut. Incidentally, Stacey sell quilt kits with pre-cut, ready to assemble fabric. If you find cutting fabric as tedious as I do, this is the way to go, if you want to try quilting.

When I finally finished the cutting I layed out the pieces and began the sewing process. Because I am completely incapable of following instructions, I got off course here. This was in no way the fault of the pattern’s author. Her instructions were clear and concise. I’m just an idiot. Lost and confused, I cast aside the directions and just started sewing the squares together, willy nilly, until I had two rectangles, which I then sewed together. Instead of actually quilting, I just tied off the corners of the squares and called it done.

After a few trips though the washer and dryer it’s super soft and fluffy with edges that are starting to rag. It is also quite thick. As a first time quilter, I wasn’t sure what thickness of batting I should buy, so I bought medium which I think might have been too much for this project from an aesthetic perspective, but it feels very cozy.

After this experience, I’m not sure if I’m cut out for quiting. Even this very simple project left me frustrated at times. I have one more beginner pattern from Stacey that that I would still like to try though. In the meantime I am going to try some other things to rebuild my confidence.

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