With A Little Help From My Friends

WooHoo!  I finished my Yellow Circle Quilt today!!   I am thrilled it turned out as good as it did ~ thanks to all the many, many tutorials I read and watched online.  The modern quilt thing ~ to me ~ is all about the internet.  It would have taken me years to learn by trial and error what I just learned in two weeks while making this quilt.

While I have sewn my whole life, I really (REALLY) didn’t have a clue when it came to quilting.  So with this quilt I tried a few new (to me) things:

  • free motion quilting
  • squaring up blocks and the quilt
  • spray basting
  • machine stitched binding

For squaring up quilts I followed this blogpost by Naptime Quilter.  Then I spray basted my quilt.  I didn’t see any tutorials the way I ended up doing it… I used the same technique we use when spray gluing paper, I will do a little tutorial myself here in few days to show you, because it worked out so fantastically I’m never using pins again!!

After the quilt was basted I started free motion quilting.  Now… I haven’t ever used my machine for this because I didn’t have the right presser foot or feed dog cover… BUT I’ve made a few purchases recently.  I’d like to introduce you to my new friends:

Yep!  I got a nice darning foot and walking foot, and a cover for the feed dogs… and holy crap what a difference it makes!  So I practiced a few different free motion patterns and decided on one and got to town.

Then I squared up the whole quilt and did the binding.  I found a few really good tutorials on this too, but the best one was this one from Red Pepper Quilts.  I followed the instructions carefully and used the walking foot and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the results:

For me, I think this is the best quilt I’ve made so far!  Here’s the back:

Funny, but I made this quilt to test some technical things, so I thought I would turn out a bit more messy or problematic… but now I’m getting attached to it and am thinking a nice yellow quilt would look soooo nice in the living room 🙂

Yellow Circle Quilt

I started a new quilt two weeks ago, motivated by the Modern Quilt Guild monochromatic challenge… and I thought I’d share my progress. 
With Illustrator I laid out a design and made a template for the circles.  Here is my design plans and figures:

My first thought was to go with red, but at the last minute I decided on yellow.  Yellow is so bright and cheery so I thought it would help with the grey rainy days. 
These are my pieces:

I’m incorporating some circles in this quilt, so I’ve been practicing sewing on a curve… and honestly, I’m not sure I would make good circles even with tons of practice.  Can’t help but end up with a little puckering.

With my new quilting venture, I’ve been finding I have A LOT to learn about quilting!  I’m taking my time and researching techniques online and now armed with a new darning foot, and some spray basting and a head full of new information ~ I  basted and started free motion quilting this quilt today!

Unfortunately, the battery in my camera putzed out and so I don’t have a picture of the quilting yet… but soon!  YAY… I’m doing it!