Hi everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend! I spent mine finishing a beautiful sweater – photos soon – and starting my first quilt! Yes, my first quilt!
The pattern I’ve chosen is pretty and simple, perfect for a beginner like myself. It’s L7 by Me and my Sister Designs from Craftsy and is a replica of the famous houndstooth motif. Once finished, this quilt is going to Italy, in my bedroom, and that’s why I’m using different prints in orange, red and pink – in order to match the decor and furnishings.
So, the first thing I can tell you about quilting is: you need to be accurate and precise as much as you can!
First of all, your fabrics need to be cut in the recommended sizes – in my case rectangles – and the sides have to be even and parallel. No room for crooked shapes.
Secondly, every seam allowance has to be exactly the same: 1/4″, no more, no less. I did my best and I’m pretty happy with my consistency. I think I’ve more problems with the cutting part.
Thirdly, when you join the different pieces together, you need to match the seams – basically like in a dress! But I’m not too much worried about this aspect because I’m using prints and I can hide a bit the imperfections and cheat :)
Here are few examples of what I mean when I say “accuracy”:
1- a badly cut and not matching rectangle,
2- pretty decent 1/4″ seams,
3- a nice matching seam.
This is my first impression about quilting, let’s what happens next!