Sunday, February 18, 2007

My first quilt top

I love crafting, but a very close second to my love of crafting is researching and planning what to craft. I could spend hours and hours (well, I DO spend hours and hours) thinking about, imagining, planning, and daydreaming about the items I want to/plan to make. I've been wanting to make a quilt for a while, but I kept procrastinating because I didn't have the right supplies. On Friday, I decided to take the plunge and cut fabric for my first quilt. Then I went ahead and sewed the pieces together. Before I knew it, I had a completed quilt top!

This is from the book "Denyse Schmidt Quilts" and the pattern is Flock of Triangles. The fabric is from Purl Patchwork, purchased when I was in Manhattan in January. I made a crib size, not intended for any recipient, but really for practice.

I really enjoyed sewing the quilt top. I learned so many things, and I haven't even completed the quilt! First, I do not have the precision gene. All of my triangles were slightly different sizes. I'm not sure how that'll affect the final outcome, but I tried to compensate for that as much as I could while piecing the rows together. Second, quilting takes up lots of thread! I think next time I'll have a few bobbins of thread ready so I don't have to rethread the machine. Finally, taking the time to press between each seam is SO important. I didn't do that for my first row to save time, and I quickly realized that I wasn't saving any time! Silly rabbit!

I still need to figure out what I want the quilt back and binding to be, but I'm hoping I'll have my first quilt completed by next weekend. Yippee!

I wanted to share another Japanese craft book I bought... and since it's a crib-size quilt, it's only appropriate I share a baby book.

Baby Kogata or Baby Small Things
(The subtitle roughly says "Even a beginning sewing mother can make!")
ISBN 4-8347-2425-5

There are a ton of Japanese baby craft books out there. I chose this one because there are lots of projects and some cute designs in the book.

Cute bibs.

I always love seeing items that are so Japanese - shoe covers and matching bags!

Good items for inspiration.

To save paper, the pattern pieces are printed on top of each other - makes my eyes cross!

Soft toys - I think they'd be great newborn gifts.

Ok, I have to admit, I bought the book because of this baby! So CUTE!

I just want to squeeze those cheeks!


grumperina said...

Great quilt top! Pink and chocolate is a classic combination, and I'm not surprised you found those awesome fabrics at Purl Patchwork. Now only to finish the quilting....

yumi said...

...are you guys hinting/planning on an addition?!...

yaiAnn said...

Your quilt top looks awesome! Love the pink and brown! Don't worry, my triangles weren't perfect on my charlie brown quilt either. Live and learn.. and then learn to fudge it.. hee hee. =)