Friday, January 3, 2014

My Big Sewing Project for Christmas

I know, Christmas is so long since past, but I just wanted to share a little something I was pretty proud of.

But first off, for those of you following along, I was just as surprised as you may be that I did not get a pair of gloves for Christmas. It was the one and only thing I actually said I wanted - and not just on this blog! I can't really complain, though. What I did get was amazing. A serger. I have had this serger on my Amazon wish list for well over a year. Now that I actually own it, I have no idea what I'm going to make with it.

I'm so excited!

As for what I'm so proud of that I wanted to share - I made my very first quilt!
toddler quilt: two toned squares w yellow flannel backing

I was so excited when I finished this project, I didn't even take any pictures - I just folded it up, wrapped it, and placed it under the tree for N. It didn't turn out exactly like I'd imagined, but it turned out way better than I saw it turning out at different phases during the project. I definitely experienced my share of discouragement putting this together!

toddler quilt: two toned squares w yellow flannel backing
I've been wanting to making a quilt for YEARS. About a year ago (maybe more recently), a friend gave me tubs and TUBS of fabric that had belonged to her mom, who was an avid quilter. I've used the fabric for different projects along the way, but I finally got inspired to finally take the leap before Christmas to use it for an actual quilt. I always love making at least some of my Christmas gifts. According to my husband, that's how I find myself overwhelmed and behind schedule during the holiday season.

I was inspired by this quilt called "Controlled Chaos" when it was featured on the blog Joy of All Crafts. I decided that a pattern like that would be perfect for me - for my first attempt at least. I took the idea and sort of created a non-pattern. And a quilt for a toddler bed would be the perfect size so I wouldn't get completely overwhelmed with the project and never finish.

Without going into too much details, because I am far from being qualified in instructing anyone on quilting, here's how I did it:

I started off by cutting the appropriate number of 8" squares from my fabric. Then I would lay two squares on top of each other and (using my rotary cutter), I'd slice a section off, then swap the pieces to create a two-toned square.
toddler quilt: two toned squares w yellow flannel backing

After piecing the squares back together, I evened them back up as 7" squares to make things easier for me down the road. Then I laid all the pieces out to figure where I wanted all my pieces. G definitely had a hand in this step. I took this picture so I wouldn't forget, in case my rows got mixed up.  I definitely got good use out of this (albeit blurry) picture while piecing my rows together!
toddler quilt: two toned squares w yellow flannel backing

Once I got the top all sewn together, I added batting and a yellow flannel for the backing. I machine quilted the whole thing, but I honestly have no idea how people machine quilt larger blankets. It got tricky at times.
toddler quilt: two toned squares w yellow flannel backing

I want my next quilt to be for G's bed. At this point (since it has been YEARS since he slept in a toddler bed), I'm planning out hand-quilting. We'll see how it goes.

I really should look up some more tutorials. In the meantime, you can check out my quilting Pinterest board here. And please, feel free to share any quilting related tips with me in the comments!

Did you make any of your holiday gifts? Any plans for a larger crafting/sewing project in the near future? I have a little (huge) craft project I need to get to work on for the Hope Spoken conference this spring. I'm overwhelmed already just thinking about it! Someone explain why I am such a procrastinator... 

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