Amy’s quilt: all cut out

So the quilt we bought for Amy from Sears at Christmastime for half-price (and we still thought it expensive) has already started coming apart at some seams.

I’ve managed to avoid quilting for so long, hating cutting and ironing the most out of all aspects of sewing, but the thought of something I designed and made, for perhaps the same or less money than I could buy something that would be decently made, won me over.

Since it’s my first quilt (I’ve done bits of patchwork, but not this big), I’m trying to stay fairly simple: big 15″ blocks, some of them unpieced. Here’s the design, pasted with pictures of the fabrics I ordered:

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Here are said fabrics, having all arrived safely, before their trip through the washer and dryer.

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And here’s a partial layout, now that I’ve finished cutting the pieces out.

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Did I mention I hate cutting fabric? It’s hard enough cutting out garment pattern pieces when there’s some nice pattern tissue pinned in place as a guide. Here I have to rely on rulers and a rotary cutter and a cutting mat that is only 16.5″ by 10.5″. I messed up cutting the blue and white diagonal print — measured incorrectly. As a result, the four center squares are going to have to be pieced out of strips — of course I did this on the fabric with the biggest, most obvious pattern, so that it will be next to impossible to make it appear seamless. Oh well. Now that I’ve done the layout, I find I don’t mind the wonkiness as much as I thought I would.

Oh, and tonight I discovered that the K-mart yardstick does not match up with the old meter stick and my cutting mat. It’s good until about 8″, and then it’s just ever so slightly too long in its inches. Humph.

I haven’t decided yet how I will quilt this thing, since I don’t have a long-arm machine. I could try quilt as you go, but using strips instead of blocks — I’d have to do some math to see if I have enough of the backing fabric (perhaps plus scraps of the other fabrics) to do that. Otherwise, it’s either hire out the quilting bit or quilt it by hand. Hmmm.

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5 thoughts on “Amy’s quilt: all cut out

  1. You can probably quilt it on your machine fairly easily. I like to do baby quilts and wall hangings on my machine with a walkingfoot or free motion quilting foot. The walking foot is great if you just want to quilt a grid because it is impossible to turn. lol Depending on your machine, a new foot can be fairly inexpensive or ridiculous. You could also hire it out and have someone do edge-to-edge computerized quilting. In my area it is pretty cheap (depending on the design) and crib quilts average $25.
    Good luck! It looks like it is going to be really cute!

  2. Hi Jandi, thanks for the encouragement.

    This isn’t a crib quilt, but a twin size — too big for a regular machine, isn’t it?

    WHen you say a walking foot is impossible to turn, do you mean you can’t do curves with it? You can still stop stitching, set the needle down, lift the foot, and pivot the quilt, right?

    • Oh Marcy making quilts is just plain fun. I am sorry you didn’t have the ruler that actually went with the cutting mat. It would have been easier than a yardstick. A twin quilt can be easily done with a regular machine if you use good batting. Grid quilting or just going around the squares works well. Remember to use a quarter inch seam and to iron to on side rather than open the seam.
      Have fun!

  3. oh, marcy, you could have borrowed my 24×36 cutting mat and quilt ruler, my mom’s hand me downs! Hey, your first quilting attempt couldn’t be perfect huh? just look at how many times you have ripped out the sweater…takes practice on all types of crafts. If you are happy with the end result that’s all that matters. Seriously though let me know if you are interested in my mom doing the quilt, she would be fine with that…might even be able to show you how to do it on her machine, and let you do it? We could make a road trip of it, not sure how long it takes to do a twin size one, but might be possible in a day trip to head to ft. wayne and back…anyway…good luck with the rest of the work.

  4. My cutting mat didn’t come with a ruler. Too bad I didn’t know about Jessica’s bigger tools — would have been much easier!

    Jessica, I really really want to do the quilt myself — call me stubborn, that’s okay. I may change my mind once I start! Especially because making it a road trip sounds fun.

    Jan, what do you consider good batting?

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