Well, here it is. The quilt I started 2 weeks ago is finished and ready to mail.
I kept a list of things I learned from this experience to keep in mind for future projects. (I also blogged about it here and here.) I am a beginner and these are just thoughts I’ve put together for my own benefit. If they help any other newbies out there, wonderful! If there are quilt pros out there that would like to chime in, all the better!
Part I – making decisions, piecing and borders
Take advantage of the wonderful tutorials online!
Don’t over think the process. Since I used a jelly roll I was somewhat limited and then I chose five possible design ideas and went from there. I also bought only three other pieces to use for the borders and the back. I’m horrible at making decisions, so it’s beneficial to me to set limits.
If a written pattern is not used, draw out what your design will be and do the math. How big will it be? How many blocks will it take? How wide do the borders need to be?
I didn’t prewash anything as it was all cotton and it washed and dried beautifully.
Precision is important! Make sure the seam allowances are uniform. It’s so much easier to match them up later. (This is not new to me as I’m a little picky about things like this anyway, but it’s good to keep in mind.)
I pressed my seams open for the blocks, but pressed in one direction for the borders. I finger pressed each block seam as it was sewn and then pressed it with the iron after I had a few piled up. For the longer seams, I pressed them flat first to set and then pressed to one side. I’m pretty sure all this varies depending on the design.
I made a temporary design wall from a white sheet and it was so helpful! I put the individual blocks up and arranged them until I was happy with it. Then I took pictures and saw things I didn’t notice at first glance and rearranged based on that.
I think I might like a mitered corner on the borders better than making it straight. That was another decision I didn’t want to fuss over.
This is getting very lengthy so come back tomorrow for Part II - Stippling and binding!
I added this to sew & tell at amylouwho's blog. Check it out!