Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"My First Quilt" Quiltalong Series....coming up!

Quiltalong Series:

Friends, I'm doing something I've wanted to do for a long time... and it's starting next week.

here it is all basted... pictures of the finished project soon...

I'm going to do a series on "my first quilt" and take you through making a small quilt.  This is how I got started, and how many of my friends got started, and I have a cousin who's going to be trying it out and blogging along with me.

Now, when I got started, I was flying blind.  
I jumped in and did a quilt for my daughter's babies... out of half-square-triangles!  
Seriously, why did I start there?  

So anyway, I wanted this to be a good resource for a good starting place.

The finished project will be a doll quilt, approximately 19" x 19" with a pieced back.   I'll give alternate directions for making a minor change and creating a table runner instead, approximately 16" x 22".  (You know, in case all the dolls at your house already have blankets...)

What will you need?
sewing machine
foot for quilting:  called an embroidery foot, free motion foot, darning foot.  Looks like a gun scope
rotary cutter (mine has a 2 1/2 inch diameter blade)
cutting mat (mine is 18" x 24")
thread (both for piecing and for quilting)
safety pins
fabric (see requirements below)
cotton or cotton blend batting (a piece approximately 20" x 20")

fabric requirements:
4 fat quarters (2 light, 2 medium/dark)
4 cuts of 1/4 yard each (2 light, 2 medium/dark)
2 1/4 yard cuts of lights and 1/2 yard of medium/dark

If you are making the table runner, you will need an additional 1/2 yard cut for backing.  

Here's my fabric I'll be using.  It's by Riley Blake.
I'm going to piece and quilt it using an ivory thread.

So, who's in?  Want to quiltalong with me?  
Leave a comment so I know you're in.  
Additionally, I'm setting up a flickr group so you can show off your progress to the other quiltalongers.  


  1. Count me in! I bought my 100% cotton batting today at Joann's. It took me FOREVER to find 100% cotton. I'm jumping right into my first quilt and can't wait!

  2. Go Monica, Go! We're going to have to organize a quilting weekend.

  3. I love this tutorial! It was the perfect way back to quilting. And the results are perfect for me!