So way back when Philip bought me my fancy schmancy sewing machine for my birthday, I immediately called up a local sewing studio for some one on one lessons. I’m all about learning the “right” way the first time around vs. winging it and trying to fix my mistakes. After our initial meeting, the owner said she would recommend doing a quilt for my first project since she thought I had a pretty good grasp on sewing.
With my inflated ego in hand, I chose to do this chevron quilt I found on Pinterest. I let my confidence get the best of me by deciding that I was going to make a quilt large enough for a full sized bed. I gave you a little teaser by showing bits of the quilt in the headboard tutorial post, but the time has come to show you the dirty deets of Vanessa’s new ombre chevron quilt.
It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close!
**It’s a full size quilt so it looks a little small laying on our queen sized bed. The guest/big girl room is a wreck in preparation for our big overseas move.**
I followed the tutorials guide for fabric widths and seam allowances, but as a newbie to quilting, I thought I’d share some of the details regarding piecing this beast together.
Piecing two blocks together at a time will make life easier. For the longer rows, I worked by piecing my two block section onto another two block section until the row was complete. It’s all about accuracy.
I tried doing it in long strips, but it came out completely wonky and I had to take a seam ripper to the whole thing. So very unpleasant.
Also when it was time for the batting and attaching the backside, I invested in some spray quilt adhesive so the pieces wouldn’t budge and I wouldn’t have to use a million pins. I also stitched a half inch seam all around the edges for a little extra security.
Binding is pretty straight forward for those of you who that have done it before. I made my own with the same fabric I used for the back and completely machine stitched it. No invisible seams for me. To lazy for that ridiculousness.
All in all, it took me a really long time and it got monotonous putting those little squares together. I had to work on other projects here and there so I wouldn’t get bored of quilting. If you’re going to make your first quilt, try something small, like a baby quilt. It’ll help you master quilting techniques, you won’t have a giant blanket thrown over your shoulder while you quilt (I’m being serious), and you’ll be able to finish your project pretty quickly. That’s just my two cents. If you’re up for a challenge, then go for the gold and make yourself a large quilt
Although it took me months to finish my daughter’s ombre chevron quilt for her new “big” girl room, I think the end result was worth the work. Funny how those Pinterest pins don’t tell you what you’re about to get yourself into when you start a project.
What have you made lately?
**Also, don’t forget to enter the current giveaway! Ends 8/12/2012**