Friday, July 27, 2012

Quilting - Day One

I like learning new crafts, but as a perfectionist, the initial process is very nerve wrecking for me. I have to constantly remind myself that it's ok for it to not be perfect - at least for the first time, ha! Onto getting this project started. You can check out my initial post about this project here.

Since I work full-time, I can only do a little at a time. Quilting actually is pretty perfect for this. It's all just piece work. I started by laying out my 2 inch wide strips and then pinning two together at a time, matching up the long edges and the right sides facing each other. 
Time to sew together after pairing all the strips up. This went rather quickly since it's just a straight stitch.
See how easy that is? If only sewing clothes were this easy.
Then I repeated with the rest of the paired strips.
After sewing all the pairs, it was time to pin together the strips again making it into one large strip of the four 2 inch strips.
Another easy straight sew down the long side.
Here they all are nice and ironed flat. My least favorite part. I really don't like to iron. Too bad polyester isn't still fashionable. Oh well, onto cutting these strips into squares.
I purchased a rotary cutter and self-healing mat because I thought it would make this project easier. Think again. It's a little tricky to figure out, but it does cut nicer than scissors once you get the hang of it. I finally did figure it out right about the same time as I finished cutting all my squares.
That's about as far as I can get in one night. It’s time to push it aside until the next time; hopefully tomorrow. I would like to have this whole thing finished by the time the weekend ends. The instructions ask for the quilts to be returned in 6 weeks or less, but I have lots of other projects I want to get to as well. Hope you all have a happy crafting weekend!
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