Well, I’ve gone done and did it. I have entered the quilting world. It was only a matter of time really. I have done a small one from my daughter’s baby clothes (like 3 years ago) and have dabbled a bit with quilt squares and all, so it was time for a full size quilt.
I used this pattern from Oh, Fransson! Her quilts are amazing. I’ve followed her blog for a while hoping to pick up some quilting motivation and it finally worked And really, I had to make one for my daughter because I’m almost done with one for the baby too and I wanted each to have one. I found all of the fabrics at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby.
It was a real easy sew. I even enjoyed using all of my quilting stuff I had received from Fiskars a while back. It was like a fun challenge to get it cut as perfect as possible. Now, I didn’t get all of the rows lined up quite perfect, but being pregnant and trying to crawl around on the floor and do all that was a bit difficult so I didn’t worry too much about it.
I learned a lot about fabrics during this process as well. I had bought two that were flimsier than the others and it proved to make the process more difficult. They would get out of shape really fast and were my main problem where the unevenness came into play. From now on I will only buy good solid quilt cottons.
I did straight line quilting following the angles like many others who have made this did. I’m not quite ready to try free motion quilting and all of that yet.
I also used a bed sheet from Target for the back and no batting so it’s more of a summer quilt. It’s just really not cold enough in Florida to make a heavier quilt. We hardly use more than a sheet at night and I didn’t want my daughter getting all sweaty.
I used leftovers to make the binding and machine stitched it. Here is a little tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts on that. Mine didn’t come out so pretty up close, so I think I’ll try hand stitching next time.