"Run Dottie Run" - Quilt for Alex

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This is the FIRST quilt I have completed, on my own, start-to-finish! There are tons of boo-boo's, but in a quilt that is for a 7-yr-old, I'm not going to worry about perfection. It turned out better than I expected. It is soft and cuddly! :) I am LEARNING so much!! - from Elizabeth Hartman -- a little modern quilt fun, in the border... sometimes simpler looks better. -from Cindy Neeham -- I stitched ESS, in every single ditch!, and the borders were straight basted, and smooth! - from Leah Day -- I learned that it is not at all difficult to bury those little thread tails in the quilt! -from Ann Petersen -- spray basting works great! I tried the safety pins, too (in the border) and did not like trying to sew around them... -from Wendy Butler Burns -- I learned how to line up the echo quilting going around the corners in my border... by marking a diagonal line to pivot on... so many simple and helpful ideas!! I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge from some excellant quilters! What an awsome experience! I think I've gotten off on the right foot! Just need to work on my skills, and practice, practice, practice! What advice would you give someone starting this project? There are a lot of beginning quilters, here on Craftsy, and like me, some have never even used a walking foot before. Mine was in a box for months-- I think I was afraid to try it out!! Same with my free-motion foot! I watched several videos (love the Craftsy format!) and decided it was "now or never"... I had to practice every technique, stitch-in-the-ditch, and then free-motion! Follow instructions carefully that came with your quilting feet. Truly, once I got started, it was fine! and Fun! I made a large stack of practice "sandwiches" and just kept adjusting my tension and speed. Practiced starting and stopping, and pulling that bobbin thread up to the top. I actually wrote notes on the practice pieces with a fine-tipped marker, so I could have a record of stitch settings! I really learned a lot. The quilting process took MUCH longer than I expected! Be patient with yourself.

What you will need

  • Cotton quilt fabrics
  • including "Sherbet Pips" by Aneela Hoey; Wool quilt batting
  • Isocord thread.

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