Monday, February 28, 2011

Let the Quilting Begin

    I've made the commitment. I've bought the fabric and tools...let's see if I can stick with this. When it's all over hopefully I'll have a beautiful quilt and be able to sew a straight line with a perfect quarter inch seam allowance.
The pattern that we are making has two blocks, the plain variable star and the star in star. I am only making a lap sized quilt; this is what it will look like when finished. 

The construction in our basement is almost finished and I want this to match the earthy tones that we have chosen.  

I had a lot of fun choosing fabric and even had some help from Nick.

 Choosing what fabric would fill each piece of the block was probably the hardest part. Being the visual learner that I am, I had to draw it all in Corel and fill in the colors to get a good idea of what the finished product will look like.

Now comes the measuring and cutting. I opted not to pre-wash all of my fabric and began by ironing the piece I was going to cut. 

It didn't take as long as I had thought to get all of the block pieces cut. I worked on it for about 3 hours and had it all labeled and bagged.

I played with some of my scraps and started to sew a fun scrappy block for a pillow...the more I sewed the more un-square it became. The seams match up which is a plus and it's pretty...just not square. So I'm a little hesitant about jumping in and getting started. I don't want to mess and of my pieces up.

  I read all of my lesson today and feel like I've been pointed in the right direction about where to begin. So tomorrow I am heading to Sew Sisters a little early and hopefully will be able to sew some Flying Geese. I need four for each block, hopefully that will be an easy task to complete and I will be able to move on to Lesson 4 for next Tuesday's Class.