Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I've been busy


red quilt top
Originally uploaded by stephanie with the yarn.
I finished piecing the top to my very first quilt ever this afternoon. I have thorough instructions but since I don't have a local guru I'm pretty much doing this on my own. The front looks pretty good for a first try, and the back doesn't even look that bad! I managed to press the seams the right way and only a few got turned the wrong way under the sewing machine foot so since they weren't bad I left them... shhhh... don't tell.

The next step is basting the layers together. That should be interesting!

3 comments:

Steph said...

Oooh - looking fab!

ETownDZ said...

Looks awesome!

My preferred method for basting layers together:
1. Take your backing fabric and tape it or clamp it right-side down to a large-enough table or the floor (something that can handle a little scratching). It should be taped/clamped nice and smooth, though not completely taut.
2. Lay your batting on top of the backing, making sure to smooth it out flat, but don't stretch it.
3. Lay your quilt top on top of the batting (face-up, of course) and again smooth out flat.
4. Starting from the middle: large safety pins through all three layers every 4-6". This is where tables/floors can get scratched. I also usually leave the pins open until I'm done, and then use a screwdriver to help prop up the pointy bit (that went through the fabri) so you can actually push down the top of the pin to latch it (hard to explain, but it makes sense when you see it...).

Good luck! Looks awesome!

Knit Eat Sleep said...

Wow! That is amazing and beautiful!! Great job!!