I’m a quilter!!

So I’ve been building towards a new hobby lately… one I’ve been curious about for some time. Problem is I don’t have time for any extra classes. At least I don’t think I do. Maybe eventually. Maybe after puppy classes are over. In two weeks Luna graduates from puppy class but then immediately starts the intermediate class. And I have to say she’s a rock star. Yes, I’m biased.

Anyway, back to the new hobby: quilting! I kind of started this last year with some simple tied quilts, but I wasn’t really using nice cotton fabrics and I really didn’t know what I was doing. Recently I bought a pattern from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! with really great instructions and lots of commentary about buying fabrics and what materials work best for what.

Baby Quilt for my niece
Finished blocks all laid out

I was lucky enough to take some pretty extensive sewing classes back in high school. I remember in fact one of them being a whole semester devoted to making a garment. I chose to make a denim blouse. That’s right — a blouse — out of denim! My  mom helped me find a light weight fabric that worked fairly well, but the resulting blouse was probably about 4 sizes too big for me. I don’t know what ever happened to it, but I definitely got some skills out of the class.

I would never call myself an expert sewer however, and even now it’s been years since I followed a pattern for clothing. I’ve been browsing the Interwebs lately for patterns though, so you never know. There’s something so empowering about having the skills to sew your own clothes.

Baby Quilt for my niece
An 'A' block
Baby Quilt for my niece
One of the complementing blocks

The other thing I’ve done to get ready to do more serious quilting is I signed up to receive monthly mailings of four fat quarters of complementary fabrics from Sew Sisters, a local quilt shop. This is really helping me build my fabric stash, which is so necessary if you want to make even a small baby quilt. The centre squares of the blocks above and below are from these mailings.

Baby Quilt for my niece
Another block

So things are coming along. I’ve yet to try out my darning foot on my sewing machine, the tool that will be key for machine quilting, so that will be the real test. I’m sure I’m going to find it awkward to maneuver such a large piece of fabric around the machine, but I’m hoping for the best.

Baby Quilt for my niece
Quilt block detail

I also feel I need to work on my fabric pairing skills, but seeing these blocks all laid out tells me that I’m not half bad at this. It’s very hard to choose fabrics that match and to try to envision how they will look in the overall project. This quilt is destined to be a gift for a new niece, who is expected to arrive in August. Let’s hope it turns out!


  1. Sandra says:

    very nice! I too have been thinking about quilting again. I used to, a bit, but now I feel the need for a bigger project.

  2. Judy says:

    Hey Sandra – that quilt looks terrific – you are doing a fantastic job…are you sure you are a beginner?


  3. Judy says:

    That Looks beautiful – I am so glad you are getting good use out of the fabric! Cheers! Judy

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