Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Quilt - ever

This is my first quilt. I started this in July after my father passed away from lung cancer early in the month.

In attempt to keep my mind busy I'm trying to find a new hobby. Since knitting and crocheting is actually harming my arms something new is needed. My crafting mantra, fabric has became my new love.

I went into my semi-local fabric store Stash to see the lovely fabric. I knew that this was more than my grandmama's and mother's fabric store. I adore the "new" ways quilts can look because of the yummy fabrics that are coming about.

And it started with one charm pack. I promise only one. And purchased one charm pack in July. I got the pre-cut Moda Arcadia prints home and paired with with this lovely gray solid. Things were going great until I realized that one charm pack wasn't gonna be enough for a lap quilt, at least the way that I had it sewn. Le'sigh.

I went back and got a second Moda Arcadia charm pack and another charm pack for my 10-year-old step daughter. Okay, and maybe a jelly roll of the Moda Arcadia for a second quilt (la la la la - no one heard that).

Sewing the top of this quilt was super easy because I've known to sew since I was a child. Executing an entire quilt was something else. There is more to it, all of which I learned on the fly.  

I never knew about the quilt sandwich. I first pinned the entire "sandwich" and started machine quilting. I called my mother almost in tears, there were puckers in the machine quilting. This was going to be impossible. She guided me with her motherly wisdom to use spray glue. Yeah, that totally worked better!

I got all of the machine quilting done and then the next hurdle was before me ... what next? 

Blindly into binding the quilt with the assistance of Red Pepper Quilts Binding Tutorial

I've been so happy with my lap quilt. No turning back - this obsession is real. So I have other quilts started, I think there are about five in the works, but don't tell my fella that.
This is my entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2010 . Please go see the other lovely quilts here.


  1. I love the fabrics paired with the grey! My first quilt was also made with Arcadia! I love that line:)

  2. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Your first quilt is great. What beautiful fabrics you used in your quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mi piace la tua trapunta...
    sarebbe piaciuta sicuramente anche a tuo papà
    Mi spiaca che lui non la può vedere...

  4. what a fab quilt - I can't believe it was your first. I love the colours too. A triumph!

  5. Well done on completing your first quilt and welcome to the world of fabric addiction!

  6. Welcome to quilting If you sew and enjoyed it as much as your post suggestes your hooked. Glad to have yo aboard.
    Look forward to new projects

  7. I STILL can't believe this was your first quilt Shanna! I just LOVE IT! I LOVE the colors, the fabrics, the pattern...EVERYTHING! GREAT job Missy!

  8. your quilt is great! you don't even want to see my first quilt:) yours is beautiful. Arcadia is the fabric I used for the quilt I made inspired by my father who has also passed. Very nice job! Glad you're a fellow quilter:)


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