Quilting 102

In the last week any spare moment I haven’t been working or hanging out with friends…I’ve been busy sewing…sorry for no updates over here on the blog!  I started a quilt in December…tonight at 11:11pm I finished sewing the last seams to finish my 20 quilt blocks. I still have a long ways to go until I have a finished quilt…but I’m celebrating each stage as they happen!

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I was pretty excited when I finished my first quilt block!!! But then realized how much more sewing I had until I was done the other 19… My kitchen table has turned into sewing central with all the material laid out with my sewing machine set up at the end of it…my freezer has my mini ironing board  set up on it! It is great being able to have a space I can leave everything set up so I can work on it as the mood strikes!

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Here’s some of my instagram shots of my excitement as the quilt was progressing…. I was at this point on Sunday night.  The I woke up on Monday morning and looked at my work.  I was so proud and then I realized that I had sewn the sets of 6 strips on the wrong sides of the centre block.  It probably would been ok to just leave the 19 blocks and 38 seams alone…and just change the one finished block to match the other 19…but I thought about it. At lunch I came home and started ripping out the 38 seams… I re-ironed, re-pinned, and re-sewed the 38 pieces!

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After all that work.. I was tired and didn’t want to sew anymore.  But did decide to take the time to cut the sets of 16 strips to get them ready for the final sewing…

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I have learned the importance of pinning… at first I didn’t want to pin.  BIG mistake.  But even though it was time consuming the strip sets that I pinned turned out so much better.  (yes in the photo below that’s a pin on every seam edge I’m going to sew across to help sew them in the right direction!)

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Getting close to being done… the final push to pin and sew was on!!

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YES!! the blocks are done… now the work of joining them together and then the hand quilting will begin… Can’t wait until I get my next lessons about those steps and any others I might need to take. (I’m learning as I complete each stage.)

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I put down the blue strips that will join the blocks for the photos… and love the random, scrappy quilt I’m on my way to making!!! I can’t stop smiling…it’s not even finished and I love it already!

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