Things are moving more slowly here crafting-wise as I delve deeper and deeper into sewing. Sewing for me at least takes a long time to accomplish since it is such a precise art.

I mentioned before that I wanted to give quilting more of a go and so I purchased a kit from Joann’s for a baby quilt. I thought a kit might be the way to go so I didn’t have to worry about fabric choices and picking a pattern just yet (though I think that will be fun). I just wanted to concentrate on the construction so I could get that down before getting too fancy. As what happens to a lot of my projects, they go to the dogs. Murphy and Darcy have gotten my quilting disasters before, so it was time to give them something a little better and release any pressure on myself on making it OCD perfect enough to give to anyone.

Of course the kit is discontinued now, so I can’t link to it, but a similar one is the Simple Quilts – Pink & Brown Lap Quilt. The kits come with the fabric for the front, binding and the back. All you need to purchase is the thread and the batting. I also bought turquoise quilting bias tape even though I really didn’t need to.

Cutting the fabric is always the tiring part for me. I really need to get a cutting table set at the right height to go easier on my back. If you are new to quilting too, then you need to go out and buy Olfa a self-healing mat (the biggest that can fit in your space) and Omnigrip Non-Slip Quilter’s Ruler  (24in x6in). These can be found in sewing shops like Joann’s or some craft stores like Hobby Lobby. Do not buy the smaller versions of these because you will just end up buying the larger ones later. Trust me. I already learned that lesson for you.

The other tip to new quilters, buy a walking foot for you machine and also get a 1/4 in. piecing foot with a guide along the side. Read your sewing machine’s operators manual to find out the right feet that fit your machine. When I first started out I thought I didn’t need these and they really make all the difference. There are also special feet for freeform quilting, quilting guides and special feet for applying the binding. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will in the future.

I think Darcy wants a quilt of her own, so I will be doing more practicing.