I am going to fess up to some snobbiness on my part. I am a pretty simple girl but there are certain things that I am super snobby about. 1. Hotel rooms, I have weird little cleanliness quirks and if a hotel isn’t a nice one, you probably won’t see me staying there. 2. Good cheese, nuff said. 3. Fabric. If it isn’t good quality, I’m not sewing with it.
When Adornit accepted me as an ambassador for the sewing side of their business, I was so excited! Then when I got that beautiful fabric in my hands…I was even more excited!! I am not only a fabric snob but I am also a fabric hoarder. There is just always that…what if this isn’t worthy of this fabric?! issue going on. The thing with fabric is that it comes and goes quickly most of the time. If you use it, it’s gone and you may never get to buy more. So when I buy some that is truly beautiful or extremely cute, it’s hard to just use it on any old thing. There have been many ideas go through my head to use this darling fabric, but I’ve decided on a worthy project to use the majority of it on.
Growing up there were quilts made anytime someone got married or a baby was born. Sometimes there was one made for a Christmas gift or a cover for a bed, but mostly for special occasions.
They were set up in the living room on frames and the quilt tying commenced. Every once in a great while there was a really special one that was hand quilted. My mom took a lot of pride and her stitches were beautiful. When I was little I would sit under them and play, but as I got older I actually helped now and then. I didn’t love the actual quilting part but I could snip, make a knot, turn the quilt, and I liked popping those big thumbtacks out with a butter knife. They were simple quilts, but they were beautiful.
We have someone special in our lives. I have wanted to do something that will, hopefully, let her know how much she means to us. So we are making her a quilt. I received the Flamingo Fever line of fabric from Adornit and it is PERFECT for this gift!!
(Sorry for the not so great picture. The afternoon sun in the cabin is beautiful but not good picture taking light.)
It is a super simple pattern because I really just wanted to show the fabric, yes it’s that cute. I am making a lap quilt and it’s 56″x60″. There are 8- 6″ squares across and 10 down (6 1/2″ before sewing.) Easy peasy. I got the top done yesterday and will have it to the quilter by Friday. No, I am not hand quilting it or tying it. I’ll send it away to get quilted and then bind it by hand. I was going to wait to post this till it was all done but I can’t. I have no patience. 🙂
I learned a trick a few years ago that helped a lot with this quilt. Instead of cutting 80 squares I cut strips of fabric 6 1/2″ wide and the width of the fabric. Then I sewed 4 of those strips together, long sides together. I repeated this with the other fabrics. Once I had them sewn together and pressed, I cut 6 1/2″ strips across all the fabrics. So I had a few different strips to choose from and I would then just rearrange them so that no two blocks were side by side lengthwise. Clear as mud?? If you have any questions I would be more than happy to help. This is also an awesome tutorial.
I wanted to share a few little tips I’ve learned along the way.
*Make sure your squares are square. Cutting is important, very important. There is a little wiggle room but not much when you are piecing together.
*Pin your rows together. I am guilty of just wanting to hurry and sew it together and 1/2 of the time it works but if you want to make sure it works, pin it together. Unpicking sucks!!
*I learned this at a quilting retreat…measure the space between your needle and the edge of your pressure foot. The seam allowance on quilts is 1/4″ but not all machines are 1/4″ between needle and edge.
*Don’t use steam when ironing your quilt top. Also you don’t want to move your iron around, just come at it from the top and stamp it down. Also using your finger nail to flatten the seam works like a charm.
*If you want your quilt to have that wrinkly, old fashioned look, don’t wash the fabric before you sew the quilt. Wait till it is all done then wash it.
Thank you to Adornit for letting me play with the Flamingos!! If you haven’t joined their groups on Facebook, you totally should!! They have fun give-aways and awesome tutorials all the time. I also LOVE their clothes and some of my favorite things are from their boutique. The best thing is that I buy them from FB and this home body always loves that!!
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