Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Piecing my Quilt

So I finished cutting out my colored fabric. Before I moved onto my white fabric I measured it and calculated which was the best way to cut it, so that I could get the most amount of pieces from it.  I figured out that if I cut it the long way I would get more pieces, HOWEVER, I also figured out that I don't have enough white.  I was supposed to get 90 pieces from the white, but I only got 61!  I also don't remember the dye lot for the white, so I need to call the quilting store to see if they have a record of it. I really hope they do and that they have fabric from the same dye lot left.

In the meantime, I've been piecing and sewing together the fabric that I do have.  So far I've sewn 4 strips (out of 25) and I pinned together 3 more strips last night that I will sew tonight.  Pictures to come...

Monday, March 22, 2010

I am almost finished cutting out my colored fabric - 6 more colors to go!  I didn't even think of this until I was halfway through cutting the colored fabric, but I've started folding the pieces so that I can cut more than 1 strip at a time. I don't know why I didn't think of that before.  I'm hoping to finish the last 6 pieces tonight :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

My first Quilt: Day 2

Not much to report except for more cutting of fabric!  When I have a bigger pile I'll post some more pictures.

My first quilt: Day 1

On Day 1 of my first quilt I began by washing and ironing all of my fabric. As you can see, I went to greens, blues and purples instead of pink, orange and yellow.

Then I had to calculate what size to cut my pieces out, since the Purl Bee's pattern is for a double bed and I am making a king size.  After some help from my wonderful husband, I decided to make the pieces 1.5 times larger than what the Purl Bee says.  So, instead of 3.5"x12.5", I did 5.25"x18.75".  I thought this was easier than having to reconfigure the pattern with 1.5 times the number of pieces.

After that was figured out I began cutting my fabric!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another Day, Another Hobby

Today's hobby is Quilting! I found this adorable quilt from the PurlBee website.  I've been wanting to try quilting, but have been afraid.  When I saw this quilt I thought it looked like a good first-time quilter project, especially if I decide to send the pieced together top to get quilted together. (I know it's cheating, but at least it's letting me start another project!)

So onto my new adventure...I will be posting pictures of my work in progress. We'll see how long it takes me to finish (King Size) - my mom says it will be finished in 2040.