If you follow me on Instagram (@lostandfawned), you know I was a busy bee this Saturday! I woke up early and decided to try a different style quilt block. I found a stack of fat quarters Jared had purchased a few years ago to wrap my christmas presents (super cute linen prints from Japan) and got to work. By noon I had the whole top finished. I ran to the local craft store, picked up my batting, simple unbleached muslin for the backer and some pretty red wool yarn and rushed home. By dinner time my first scrap quilt was finished and folded.
It’s small. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. Probably keep it wrapped up until we have a little one to use it. But I used heavier batting so it’s nice and thick. I love how soft the muslin is on the back and the tufting makes it so casual and a little kitch.
I did learn a few things along the way…
- Tufting is the best way to hide slight imperfections at the corners of your quilt blocks. Naturally since it’s my first real effort, my corners don’t line up perfectly. Tufting is the yarn ties at the corners of each quilt block. It’s an alternative to traditional “quilting” and is great if you have a wonky old machine like mine that doesn’t like to sew neat lines.
- Making something random is SO difficult. I found myself micromanaging where each scrap was trying to achieve a “random” look. I finally had to let go and let it be truly random.
- The iron is a quilter’s best friend. I kept mine hot and handy and pressed the blocks between every step. It paid off.
- Another amazing tool you should invest in is a Magnetic Seam Guide for your machine. You can’t rely on it 100%, but it really helps.
- If you plan to tuft a quilt, pick up a cheap Yarn Threader.
- Quilting is not a cheap hobby. I always knew it was a lot of work, but it’s also expensive. It’s pretty clear why beautiful handmade quilts cost a small fortune.
I’m about halfway through the top of a much larger, much pinker, half-square style quilt. It’s looking really good! I haven’t decided if I’m going to tuft this one again or try hand quilting or try to re-calibrate my machine to sew a nicer line. I’ll see how it looks when the top is finished and pressed.
I’m totally hooked though. I have about 4 different quilts planned out in my head already and before we know it, we’ll be swimming in blankets. At least my massive fabric collection is finally being put to work. I’ve been hoarding fabric for years knowing I would use it someday.
Have you tried a new craft yet this year? How are you staying busy through these winter months? Any tips for a newbie quilter?