Saturday, July 2, 2011

Quilting - the journey begins!

Exciting times in Mama’s sewing room this week! I am finally starting my first quilt. A lovely friend gifted me a cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter for my birthday last month. I’d already bought some batting, which has been sitting in my stash for weeks waiting for me to get cracking, and I’m using whatever I have to hand in terms of fabric so I don’t have to worry too much about mistakes. This is my learner quilt, and I am so excited!

First step is the cutting. I was shocked at the sharpness of the rotary cutter and have read up on safety - blood in today’s pumpkin soup is one thing (ouch), blood on my lovely quilt-to-be is another! I’ve been doing 15 minutes here and there whenever my daughter is napping and I have a moment, and I’ve followed the fantastic cutting tutorial on a great blog called Sew Many Ways. I think I’ll be visiting this blog quite frequently as I continue my quilting journey. With almost 3,000 followers, Karen still found time to respond to my comment and even gave me some technical blogging tips - so lovely! 

I’ve worked out the sizing and basic design and will play with the placement once I’ve cut the rest of my five inch squares. I need about another 20 (63 in total) and I’ll be good to go. It’s taken me three days just to get this far so I don’t expect to make fast progress, but I think I’m really going to enjoy the process!


  1. It is fun isn't it. :)
    I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to make a charm square quilt for my little ones.

  2. Congratulations and good luck. Look forward to seeing your progress!

  3. Oh I want a quilting ruler now! :) I have the mat and rotary cutter. I might have to try a quilt too. You have inspired me. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. :)

  4. Hi FEM, thanks for wishes! All squares are cut and neutral thread purchased - now just need to find a little block of time to start stitching :)

    Hello FireMummy ;) I will show you my quilting ruler next week; also you can have a look at my sewing books, I don't know if you got that one you wanted in the end - if not you're welcome to borrow mine :)

    Hey Danni, I'll look forward to seeing it - if your first one is anything to go by the next one is going to be great :)