Hi everyone! I have an awesome little series that I am so excited to share with all of you. This has been a long time in the making, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Not even two years ago, my lovely math teacher (who doesn’t teach at my school anymore *tears*) taught me to make a quilt for a service project we were doing. If you don’t already know, I go to a small Christian school, so service projects like these come up quite frequently. Our task was to make blankets to donate to the local hospitals in town. We had two options- 1) Make a quilt or 2) Make a Tie Blanket.
I was the only one to choose option numero uno. (If you want to make a tie blanket, I have a whole tutorial on it!)
Ever since then, I have been quilting away. It has actually done a tremendous service in terms of my ED recovery. It is relaxing and it helps distract me from mean thoughts. If you are looking for something fun, yet challenging, I highly suggest giving quilting a try!
Before we start, you are going to need some essential items to start off with.
Unless you want to do it by hand… which I do not recommend by any means! All kidding aside, you don’t need a fancy sewing machine, just a basic one.
I have the Brother Computerized 100-Stitch sewing machine. It is not the cheapest, but it certainly isn’t the most expensive. I have been using this machine for a little over a year and it is so easy to use, especially for a first time quilter.
Iron and Ironing Board
This is an absolute must for a quilter. You are going to need to iron your fabric so that it is crisp and wrinkle-free so you can precisely cut the fabric. You can find this at Target, Walmart, etc.
In order to cut your fabric the right size, you need the right equipment. First, you need a
- cutting mat
- rotary cutter
- long, acrylic ruler.
We will get into this more into depth in the “Making the Squares” section. This method of cutting the fabric is the most precise and easy. I bought these all separately, but I did some research and you can get a similar set on Amazon here.
Some Small Stuff
There are just a couple more things that you will need:
- thread (start off with a white and black)
- scissors (sewing grade is recommended)
- pins and pin cushion
- seam ripper
- safety pins
- water soluble marker (found in craft section)
Now, for the fun part! For this particular quilt, you will need
- 1/2 yard each of 5 complimentary fabrics
- I chose a yellow, solid dark navy, gray moroccan pattern, light blue pattern, and a white type of fabric.
- 1 1/2 yard of fabric for backing –more on this later–
- I used a navy moroccan pattern
- 1/2 yard of fabric for edging –more on this later–
- I used a solid gray
Stay tuned for part 2 where you will learn how to iron and cut out the squares!