Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: Quilting

I know that I briefly mentioned my new sewing machine that my mom gave me for Christmas (see here), but have I told you how much I LOVE it?!  I don’t think I’ve had the opportunity to rave about this thing yet, but I’m absolutely obsessed with it and have been going crazy with my sewing projects.  DSC_0205
With my dissertation hiatus, I didn’t have a lot of time for DIY projects, or anything really for that matter, so it is way past time for me to change that and get back to crafting with y'all.  Don’t you think?
I wanted to share with you the first quilt I made in January.  This was my second project with my new machine (see my first project here), and I had a blast making this quilt and it hardly took any time.  I popped in the movie “It’s Complicated” and I was done before the movie!  Super easy; anyone can do it.
I purchased a bunch of patterns with matching colors and cut them all to the same size.  I then pinned them together in the order in which I wanted.DSC_0384DSC_0386
I pinned the strips together and sewed them into pairs, and then sewed the pairs, and so on, and so on.  It may sound counter intuitive, but when you sew these, you’ve got to sew one side with the tops facing each other so that you get a nice seam.DSC_0388
After I completed the front side, I pinned on a sheet of batting and sewed them together.  This is a little tricky because you’ve got to get the batting the same size as the front cover.  It’s not hard really, just tedious.  I use organic batting just because I find it more breathable, but anything works fine really. DSC_0423DSC_0428
Tip: When you get to this stage the blanket starts becoming thicker, and more quilt-like.  Sometimes it becomes challenging to get the fabric under the machine.  If you stumble into this situation, just roll up the quilt into a tube, leaving what you’re working with sticking out.  I find that this tube method makes the fabrict a little more manageable.    DSC_0426
Now at this point I had the top cover and the batting.  All I had left to attach to the quilt was the back cover.  I pin on the back cover (I like a fleece-like softer fabric for the back cover, but it’s really up to your preference), leaving about half an inch hanging out all around.DSC_0429
I folded the extra piece of the back cover over onto the front cover, and covered both with quilt edges, which you can purchase in various colors and widths at any craft store.  I like 1-inch edges.  I pinned this all the way around the quilt and stitched.  Sidebar- Like my lovebirds in the background? ;-)DSC_0545
Ta-da!  Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?  No!!!  Well I’m no expert in quilting and I’m certain that if you Google “quilting” you will find some way more elaborate tutorials.  But this is how I make my quilts and we love them here in the Hawley house, so I hope you like this simple version as well.DSC_0548
xoxo Darby

13 comments :

Lindsay said...

That is so beautiful! I would love to get into quilting--I hear it is addicting. :) You did a great job!

Becca Christensen said...

darby - you're doing such a great job!! What a cool hobby and that quilt is beautiful.

Simply Kelly Blog said...

Came out great, I like the combination of fabrics!

An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Ok wow, I LOVE IT! You can totally sew girl, rock on with your bad self!

DaisyGirl said...

GREAT job!!! I really like your fabric choices, too. So cheery!!!!

Gen said...

I have some of the same fabrics (from Wal-Mart hein? lol) I love these colors!! A few of the ones you got here I didn't see there, are they all from Wal-Mart (the one with the birds, and the green stripe with swirly stuff are gorgeous!!)? I so gotta make one of these myself! Either using an existing blanket I've had since I was born (that is really disintegrating, but soooo comfy) or from scratch.

Kellyn Fleming said...

Wow, that looks awesome! You are becoming an expert so quickly! :)

odetoinspiration said...

Beautiful quilt!! I just scored a big role of scraps from Walmart's clearance section for $5! Shabby chic-ish fabric... can't wait to use it. I'm loving your idea so I just made need to borrow it:D Thanks for sharing!

CAS said...

Great idea for a quilt! I love the colors!
~CAS~

Crystal said...

Darby, this is fabulous! I have wanted to start quilting for a long time, but I've been sort of afraid to attempt it. Your tutorial is amazing and makes me realize how totally "do-able" it is! Featuring this today at HiH. Have a great day and thanks so much for sharing! :)

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Love those fabrics!! What a beautiful creation!

Shatzi @ Love and Laundry said...

So cute! I've never made a quilt before and my very good friend is about to have a baby. I would love to make her a baby quilt. I've been searching the internet all day looking for easy quilt ideas and I think I finally just found what I was looking for! THANK YOU!! I'm definitely following your blog now. =)

Connie said...

Hi Darby, love your name. Nice job on the blanket. I'm your new GFC friend. I would love it if stop by http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/ and be mine, too.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...