I have been wanting to learn to quilt for some years now. First, I needed the sewing machine and my sister, Alison, gave me one as a gift about a year ago. Next, I needed the space. So, I moved into a new apartment a few months back and I had decent space. Then, I needed the supplies and the knowledge. So, I bought the supplies and books. I also watched a lot of YouTube videos and I was ready to tackle quilting.
I started over my Holiday break. I began by learning how to work the sewing machine, I read a few of the books I bought to help me, which are (1) A Passion for Quilting, (2) Whip Up Mini Quilts, (3) Quilting 200 Q & A, and (4) Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing.
I started with a project from Nicki Trench’s book A Passion for Quilting. I started with the smallest project in the book which was a Trivet. Now, this was my very first project and I see where it needs major improving. My binding is not the best at all, my criss-cross stitches are a bit crooked, my seams are not aligned, and I am not crazy about the binding colors with the patchwork colors. But, nonetheless, I am pretty pleased with how it came out.
After I completed the trivet, I was ready to tackle something a bit larger but not too large. So, I referred to my book Whip Up Mini Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson. I chose to do the first mini quilt because it involved basic squares and rectangles and it was Level Easy. Of course, I don’t have the supplies to print a photo to put in the quilt (which, would have been super cool!) so, I decided to draw a template of an owl (because I ADORE owls) and applique it to the quilt. I really enjoyed this pattern and I could see the improvement from my first project already. As soon as I finished it, I put it on the small table in my living room so, it could be displayed in a nice way.
I’m looking forward to tackling more quilting projects in the future. I plan on trying some Bandana Quilts/Lap Blankets in the future…