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My First Quilt: Part 3


Hello all! Hahaha, it has been almost a year since my last post, but I decided I didn’t want to quit my blog just like that. In fact, I would really like to pick up the writing again. A lot has changed for me, I moved to a new house and started a new job last year, which might explain my absence here. Anyways, in the meantime I finished a lot of projects, including this nice quilt:

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In my last post, I told you that I was a bit afraid of the quilting part… Because of that, it rested for 2 months on a shelf before I found the courage to pick it up again. I wish I had done that earlier, because in the end the quilting was so easy and the blanket was finished in no time! Here is the final part of this tutorial (after part 1 and part 2), and a bonus quilt made by the same method at the end of this post!

STEP 13

So, after finishing the quilt sandwich, it’s time for the quilting! Since I have a very old sewing machine without free foot option (the one that allows you to make the nice swirly patterns) I decided to go for a simple grid. I first stitched over the seams in between the blocks to fixate the layers of the quilt. Afer that, I stitched the seams in the blocks  themselves from one edge to the other (yes, that means stitching through the big squares, don’t worry!). Just do what you like best, you can find countless ideas on how to do this on the internet!

STEP 14

Now it’s time to put the binding around your quilt! You remember the strips of fabric from the beginning? You’ll use them now! Sew all of them together on the short sides, creating a very long strip, and press the seams open. Now fold the strip in half, long sides together, and press. Starting approximately in the middle of one of the long sides of your quilt, line up the rough edges of your binding with the edge of your quilt top, and pin in place. Yes, both layers! Don’t unfold your binding, because he double layer of fabric will give a nice, firm finish.

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 When you reach the corner, fold the binding as indicated in the picture below:

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So first outwards, and then back to your quilt top, lining up the fold line with the edge of your quilt. This will allow enough room to fold your binding to the back of your quilt. When you reach the start of your binding again, leave a 1,5 cm overlap between the two ends and cut off the rest. After pinning, start the stitching of your binding about 10cm away from the start of your binding. Stop about 10cm before the end of your binding, because you have to join the two ends first! Grab the two loose ends of your binding and unfold them. Line up the edges, pin and sew with a 7mm seam allowance. press the seam open and voila! Your binding is joined all around! Stitch the last 20 cm of seam and you are ready for the final steps…

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STEP 15

And now for the last few bits…. almost there! First, trim the edges of your quilt at 1,5 cm from the stitch line of your binding. Then, fold your binding to the back, around the rough edges. You can do two things now: 1) machine stitch your binding into place and hope that it will look good, or 2) spend a little more time on hand-stitching your binding and being sure it will look very neat (I chose option 2, as you might have guessed). Using a blind stitch (see picture below) about 1 cm apart, secure the binding all around. It took me about 2-3 hours, enough time to watch a movie or some episodes of your favorite series. Who says finishing your quilt by hand is boring? This is multi-tasking at its best!

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And after this, your quilt is finished! This is my end product:

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I love it! It’s always somewhere near my couch, and when it gets a bit cold in the evening I snuggle up under my quilt. I really loved making this one, and decided to make a second one for friends who were expecting a baby:

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Made by using exactly the same principle, but a different arrangement of the blocks! Making this one was a lot of fun,because of all the cute fabrics I got to use. What will be next?

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My First Quilt: Part 2

Hello all! I know, it has been ages since the last update on this project, like on so many projects actually ;). To recap: I am talking about this quilt:

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Last week, I decided to continue working on it. I have lots of now projects coming up, so better finish this one first! The last time I worked on it was before the final stage of my study, which was somewhere in july I think. I already bought all the stuff I needed, so the only thing I had to do now was putting everything together. So I gathered all the pieces and continued!

My last post on this quilt (part 1) ended with a finished top layer. So let’s continue with the back of this quilt!

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I decided to include a pieced strip in the back, because this will break up the otherwise solid chocolate-brown fabric of the back. For this, I needed 26 rectangular pieces of fabric, 15 cm long and 7,5 cm wide. The first four pieces were provided by the leftover block from the quilt top. Bust out the seams and cut the square in half, and you already have 4 strips! The rest is cut from the rectangles you cut in the beginning. Don’t cut all of them to pieces, you are gonna need some of them for the border around your quilt later on! Therefore, keep track of how much you’ve cut. Then, sew them all together along the long edges into a strip like this:

DSCN4258press all the seams the same way and put this strip aside for later.

STEP 9

Take the fabric for your back and make sure it’s absolutely flat. Cut of the selfedges and make sure the cutting edge of the fabric is straight and perpendicular to the selfedges. Now, sew one side of the pieced strip to one of the selfedges, and the other side of the pieced strip to the other selfedge. In case it’s not clear: you are making a tube! Press the seams towards the back fabric. Now, determine how far from the edge you want the pieced strip to be. Fold the tube on that line and pin it to your ironing board, like shown in the picture. If your ironing board is not long enough, no worries! You can shift the whole thing later on.

DSCN4264After you’ve measured and pinned your tube along the length of your ironing board, press the fold very thoroughly. Remove the pins (careful, they are HOT!), shift the tube a bit and repeat the process until you pressed the fold along the whole length of the pieced strip.

STEP 10

Now move your pressed tube to your cutting mat and grab your rotary knife and ruler. Cut of a tiny strip from the pressed edge, only a millimeter or so! This will transform the tube into your quilt back, with the pieced strip somewhere incorporated. Cool, right?

STEP 11

The time has come to put everything together into a quilt sandwich! Make sure you have enough room on the floor to spread your quilt, with some room all around for walking and pinning later on. You want to avoid climbing onto your quilt as much as possible, because this can shift around the layers and that’s something you don’t want to happen! First, spread your quilt back on the floor (face down) and make sure no folds are present. My carpet is like velcro, so it stayed flat by itself, but if your floor is very slippery you might want to tape it down with painter’s tape along the sides to keep everything in place. Then spread your batting over the back. Spread it as flat as possible and flatten out any folds. Then, put your quilt front on top, leaving about 3 cm of back and batting on the edges (this will allow for some possible stretching during the quilting later on). Again, try to put it down as flat as possible, but don’t disrupt the layers underneath! After several atempts I figured rolling up your quilt top and unrolling it on top of the sandwich was the best way, because you can control things much easier. The whole thing should now look like this:

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STEP 12

The next step is basting your quilt. Some people prefer real basting (as in: with needle and thread) but the tutorial I followed used a lot of safety pins, so I decided to try that too. First pin the corner of your quilt and from there, put a safety pin every 10-15cm in a square pattern. Just a little reminder: don’t put pins where you want to quilt. If you plan to sew along the seams, don’t put pins there or you’ll be annoyed all the time later on because you have to remove safety pins all the time. Just a thing to keep in mind! The picture is not very clear, bu this is my quilt somewhere half-way the process:

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Search for the pins ;). After basting your whole quilt, cut the remaining back and batting away (remembering those 3cm around). Now it’s time for quilting! I myself was a bit scared, so I put the quilt away for now, but it’s staring very angrily at me all the time… I guess I can’t run away from it forever!

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My First Quilt: Part 1

Hi everybody! A few weeks ago I showed you a picture of the 84 squares I cut out for my first quilt. The last two weeks, I spent some evenings working on this quilt, and the pieced top layer is already done! In this post, I will show you the steps I took, but first I want to tell you something about the quilt itself. The pattern I used is a disappearing nine patch, this name is quite self-explanatory if you read on 😉 I stumbled upon it about a year ago, on a blog called obsessivelystitching (the 1st quilt ever project), and I went totally wild about it! The instructions were very clear, and for me as a total n00b in the quilting department I figured I could do this. At the fabric store I found some fat quarters (45x55cm pieces of fabric) on sale, so I bought a lot of them and basically I was ready to go! First I want to show you the result, because I am so proud of how it turned out.

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At first I was afraid it would turn out a bit kitschy, because of the flowery fabrics and wide variety of prints. But I like it now, I think I will keep it for myself to snuggle under when my room is a bit chilly at night. And now for the tutorial part! I don’t want to be too detailed on this one, for a very extensive instruction I suggest you use the website I mentioned earlier. This post is mainly to show what I did and what it looked like!

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My Easter weekend

Hello everybody, maybe it’s a bit late to tell about how I spent my Easter weekend (I wanted to publish this post last tuesday, but yeah, life got in the way again! :P). It was a very good weekend, despite the fact that it was too cold for the time of the year, about 4-6 C, why?!? It didn’t matter much, my boyfriend was at my place for this long weekend and we both spent some time on our hobby projects. Since the weekend counted 4 days, I could finally sink my teeth in some projects that I neglected for far too long. In this post, I want to show you what I did and what you can expect in some post the upcoming time!

The first thing I did is something I wanted to do for a very very long time: I cut the fabric for my first quilting project! About a year ago I stumbled upon the blog Obsessively Stitching, which has a nice comprehensive tutorial on how to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt. It looked so interesting and appealing to me, that I wanted to give it a try right away. But as with a lot of my hobby projects, the fabrics I bought were hibernating on my shelf for almost a year, but last weekend I decided to cut them all up! I expected it to take a very long time (84 squares and 16 rectangles) but it only took me about 3 hours! Why didn’t I do this before?

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These are the fabrics I used. 12 fat quarters, used up until the very last scrap! I’m not 100% sure about the fabrics. I liked them apart from each other, with the rustic motifs and muted colours. Seeing them all together like this, I don’t know how my quilt will turn out. It can either become the rustic quilt I wanted it to be, or something totally kitsch! Only one way to find out, forward is the only way to go!  Maybe I will make a post about the project, showing off my progress and the interesting process behind the disappearing nine-patch. It’s so cool!

I also spent some time on improving my crochet skills. I felt quite unstoppable, until I tried to crochet a flower. My mom came to the rescue again, and I can proudly announce that I crochetted five flowers so far 🙂

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If you study this flower closely, it’s obvious which leaf was done by my mother. Yes, it’s the lower one 😉 mine look al wobbly again, but I am improving! *proudness*

The last thing I spent some time on is a new hobby. Somewhere around Christmas my boyfriend dug up hig old Warhammer 40.000 army (Space Wolves, lots of them) and started painting them. Curious as I am, I wanted to give it a try too. I never should have done that. To make a long story short: I have a small army of my own now (Dark Eldar, the only army with a substantial amount of female models in it) and I already did some painting on them. During Easter I started on one of the important figures of my army, Lelith Hesperax. She has very long hair, not that much clothes on her body (I still thinks Warhammer is a hobby mostly for boys, guess why) and two swords. This is how far I got this weekend:

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I’m terribly sorry for the bad picture, there was no camera around, only a mobile phone with a horrible flash. I will make a better picture as soon as I finished the model and post it here. And maybe some more pictures of my army of angry girls in the future!

I hope you all had a good time too 🙂 The weather seems to be improving, which is a good thing considering all the upcoming festivals. Can’t wait for real spring!

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