Quilting – Week 2

Last Wednesday was our second class and we got a ton accomplished! I took photos in class this time to document all the steps.

Hung up in our classroom is a large piece of batting, and we learned very quickly this is a very useful tool.  You throw your fabric pieces up there and they just stick  – super helpful when piecing together large sections so you’re able to see the full picture. First up was to layout all the squares we finished up for homework.

Sidenote: the batting had lots of stray thread that has accumulated over time (so that’s what all that messy looking stuff is).

We then cut our two other fabrics to finish off the center. Cutting is kind of boring, so you won’t see any pictures of that 🙂 The bold pattern pieces around the edge was the first fabric I picked out, and then the fuschia and polka dot fabrics were chosen to compliment the pattern. So here’s a picture of all the individual pieces laid out in the finished pattern. Cool, right?

To begin sewing together we started in the top left corner. The strips are all sewn together diagonally. So in the corner there are three individual pieces – you sew the triangle piece to the square polka dot, then you sew that to the other triangle piece. You do that for each diagonal row until you have 6 strips. The pictures below shows me sewing two of the pieces from the second row together and then the first two diagnal strips completed.

Once all the strips are completed you start to sew those together, starting with the corner and working your way down. Here’s a photo showing the corner and second row pinned together ready to be sewn. You always sew right sides together.

I flipped the corner piece up to double check everything lined up.

To make things a little easier during this process we sewed the first three strips together, then started in the other corner to sew those three strips together. We ended up with two large pieces to sew together instead of continuously adding on to one growing piece. This made it much easier to manage. Here’s a shot of the three strips together and a closeup.

Voila! I was actually happy that most of my seams lined up. There were a few that were a little off, but unless you get your face right up in there you would never notice. Now, all that’s left is to add the corners.

Pinned and ready to go!

YAY! I finished!

I still can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished in just two classes (and one afternoon of homework). Sabrina and I were both in shock! In this week’s class we should finish the entire front 🙂 With Josh’s birthday festivities this weekend neither Sabrina or I got to our homework, so we’re gonna have to get that finished up by tonight. We just need to cut the rest of the fabric for the border. Here’s another look at the finished product.

I have a blue fabric that I’m using where you see green above. Hoping it works with everything so far – fingers crossed! –DP

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Quilting – Week 1

Yes, things are getting very domestic over here in Grapevine! Josh’s mom, Sabrina, persuaded me to sign up for a 3 week quilting class with her at a local shop. See Sabrina initially took some beginner classes last year, but life got busy and the sewing machine was pushed aside. She recently got the itch again, wanting to get back into it, so she found a class and signed us up. I figured what the heck, why not give it a shot! Even though I’ve never sewn a darn thing I could at least try.

Our class began last Wednesday evening at Quilter’s Dream. Turns out that Sabrina and I were the only ones to sign up – good for us since we will need all the focus and attention we can get from the instructor. We have three classes together, and by the end we were told will have a “finished” quilt! Both of us find this hard to believe, but we’re just gonna go with the flow.

Here’s a picture of the finished quilt:

We picked out our own fabrics for the project, so that is just the pattern we are using. I picked mine out in about 5 minutes, so not a whole lot of thought went into it. Mine will be very bright and bubbly – whomever of my friends or family that has the next baby girl will most likely get it as a gift – and they better love it :). Let’s just start with hoping it actually gets finished!

Back to class…I think we initially terrified our instructor since I told her I’d never sewn and had no idea how to use the machine (on loan from Sabrina) that was sitting in front of me, and Sabrina needed a refresher on hers as well. BUT, we both were rock stars that night and picked it up pretty quickly. I was very proud! Now we learned to do a number of things (of which I can’t remember the official terminology at the moment), and were sent packing with our homework to be completed by the next class. Over the weekend we really only spent Saturday working and we both got our homework done – we’re such good students!! Below is a little bit of the afternoon that I documented.

We set up shop at Sabrina’s…

Me trying to be a little artsy with my camera.

Ok, so down to business. Here is the layout of the squares we had to make. In class we made the triangle pieces sewn together. Again, I don’t remember all the technical mumbo-jumbo, so you’ll just have to deal for now and maybe by next class I’ll have the names for ya. The top row shows each of the three pieces that combine to make the second row.

Next step once all those rows were made was to then sew them together.

And voila – you have a square! As you can guess the goal is to line up all the points. I was successful on the top row, but the bottom row was a little sloppy – oops. I’m a newbie at this so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. For our homework we had to make twelve of these that would make up part of the center of the quilt. I was super happy to get them all finished and overall was satisfied with my sewing skillz 🙂

Some shots of Sabrina’s fabric…

Hard at work…

Sabrina is definitely going to be the star pupil in class. She opted to step things up and “chain piece” her triangle pieces together. This is simply a faster method, a little more organized. Once you complete the chain you snip them apart.

Show off.  😉

Tomorrow evening will be our second class and we are both curious as to what part of the quilt we will be working on next. There is definitely still some lack of faith we’ll actually have a finished product by the end of this, but who knows, maybe we’ll rock it out!! –DP