Originally published on Home By Hand Blog January 16, 2013.
I attempted my first quilt a little over a year ago. I attended a beginner’s class at my local quilt store and once I learned about all the latest handy tools out there that makes it less of a daunting task, I was hooked. The ladies who conducted the class were awesome teachers and we have been friends ever since. Although I have only completed one other quilt since then, I still plug away at it, usually with a couple in the works at the same time. I am just SLOW! I stop and start. I stop to work on other sewing projects and other crafts. I will get them done, it just may be at the end of this year, who knows! 🙂
Anyway, back to my first quilt. I made a disappearing nine patch for my granddaughter. Yes, I have a grandaughter by marriage. I’ll explain that in another post sometime. I actually finished her quilt in a month because I started in October and gave it to her for her birthday at the end of November of 2011. I really enjoyed the process and learning all the ins and outs of picking out the fabric, sewing and cutting it apart, sewing it together again, pressing seams, auditioning the blocks, sewing rows together and then quilting it.
When looking back, I can’t believe I actually machine quilted it myself. That was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I quilted half of it without a walking foot….what was I thinking?? The walking foot is a must for quilting on your own machine. Believe me, it’s worth the money and a lot less heartache. I used Moda’s Amelia Charm Squares (5″ precuts of fabric) to make the disappearing nine patch block.
My granddaughter absolutely loved it … primarily because her favorite color is Purple.