Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First Time Around the Block

Guess what? I finished my first quilt!!!!

I didn't think this would be the first quilt I finished but I was motivated by Pat Sloan's Triangle Challenge. I picked these fabrics up at my Local Quilt Shop. I live in a small town and selection is limited so I buy most of my fabrics online. But these fabrics caught my eye and I kept thinking about them so I went back and here they are. I liked the fabric enough to buy it but it isn't my absolute favorite. I think that was perfect for the first quilt because I was okay with all of the mistakes I made.

I am finding quilting is excellent therapy for perfectionism. I am approaching everything as a learning experience even if I don't get things just the way I want them. I do know that in just a short period of time my skills have gotten better and it is super fun.

Here are some of the things I learned making this quilt:

The awl was so helpful in sewing the binding. It kept the fabric where I needed it to be. So helpful.

I now understand why people have multiple machines. My machine was tied up for the week and I'm too lazy to keep changing the thread and the foot. So I haven't been able to work on anything else. This is actually a benefit in some ways since it motivated me to get things done. But I would like to be able to move between things so I can have more variety. Anyone care to bet on how long it is before I buy a second machine?

Working with fabrics that I liked but didn't love was perfect for a first quilt. I was motivated enough to finish but didn't care too much about mistakes. Great way to start out!

I now know why I don't see too many quilts with backgrounds. Don't get me wrong I love it but oh the lint and cat hair is not going away!!!!

Resources used:

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles

Cluck Cluck Sew Machine Binding Tutorial


  1. Carrie, congrats on finishing your first quilt! Loved reading what you learned!

    1. Carrie, Welcome to blogland and I wanted to let you know that you are a noreply blogger, so when you comment on a blog, you email is not visible for them to reply back to you. You can do a google search for noreply blogger to find out how to correct it. And then you can delete this comment :)

    2. Thank you Paige, so much to learn! I'm grateful you took the time to let me know and I think I've fixed it. And thank you for taking the time to read my post!!!


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