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Category Quilting
Type Functional
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Project Pattern

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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics, batting, and thread

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What are you most proud of? This is my first quilt and really my first time extensively using a sewing machine, so it was a lot of firsts for me!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This project took me a while to complete but it was good to take it slow and get a feel for each step. I really focused on each step in the project--picking fabrics, cutting, piecing, arranging, quilting--without trying to jump ahead (my crafting downfall :)) I also just kept reminding myself I was giving it to a baby and she wouldn't be able to tell if it was perfect... don't fret too much!

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Your quilt is amazing for your first quilt. How long did it take you to quilt it? What is the quilting pattern on the quilt? My first quilt is laughable. It was all wonky looking and crooked.

12/26/2011 Flag

Thanks! I used the "small plates" pattern from the book Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman--I went with all solid sashing fabric though, she uses a mix of patterned and solid. It took me about 6 weeks. I took long stretches between steps, so it's hard to judge how many hours it took. I found that book really helpful and she has really good (free!) info on her blog too. I liked this pattern because each block was a really manageable size so you didn't have to pin as much and it was easy to line-up the edges. I would also say that keeping your seam allowance even (I had several visible markers on my sewing machine) and pressing the seams often between steps is helpful for keeping things straight and even.

01/01/2012 Flag