Making a Quilt Sandwich

I think you guys deserve an update on the quilt, don’t you think?

If you need to catch up, you can read more about my beginner quilting process here:

Part One – Deciding on a design and buying fabric
Part Two – Cutting the triangles
Part Three – Piecing the Top

So we left off last time with a finished quilt top. Next step: Make a quilt sandwich!

No, not a grilled cheese.  A quilt sandwich = the back of the quilt + the front of the quilt + the batting sandwiched in between. Delicious.

I kept the back pretty simple, using one of my favorite color fabrics from the front, along with some scraps of the other colors, sewn together to make 2 stripes across.  Since I didn’t have one continuous piece of fabric for the back, I cut 3 panels and threw some stripes in there to make it look neat.  The back and the batting are a both a few inches bigger than the quilt top.  After the back was ready, I cleaned the living room floor, and got started. I don’t know about you, but 2 cats and a dog make for pet hairs EVERYWHERE.

The back goes face down on the floor. Tape it down so it’s nice and smooth:
Then batting goes on top:
Then the front:
Then the beagle goes in the batting:
batting and a beagle
Wait…you can skip that step if you don’t have a beagle.

Then pin! Use curved basting pins, and make sure you’re grabbing all the layers.  Pin every 1/2 foot or so. Once you’ve got all the layers secured together, you can untape from the floor, and your sandwich is ready to eat! I mean, ready to quilt!


Next post will be about the quilting process itself.

4 Hours, 352 Triangles

My fabric arrived!  Read here about my process of picking out and ordering fabric for my broken dishes quilt.

I’m really happy with how the fabrics look in person – sometimes it’s hard to tell on a computer screen how bright or vivid the colors will actually be.  Here’s the lot of them:

I could hardly wait to get started once I got these lovelies in the mail.  I want to make sure that the fabric won’t shrink or colors run after I’m done, so I pre-washed everything….in my bathtub!  It was kinda fun, smooshing everything around.  Cold water, a little laundry soap – first the light fabrics, then darks.

I threw everything in the dryer for about 10 minutes, and ironed.

Measure, cut, measure, cut…get the drift? Here’s my cutting process:

1.  Cut fabric into 7 inch squares, and cut in half diagonally – forming two right triangles.
2.  Then cut those triangles in half down the middle.
3.  Now you’ve got 4 right triangles. Geometry!
4.  Admire your triangles, and resist the urge to throw them in the air, 52-pickup style.

Then have a glass of wine, ’cause you deserve it, friend.  A post on piecing the triangles to come soon!

New pattern + A visit to The Quilt Store

Now that I’ve got my quilt inspiration,  it’s pattern time!  I’ve decided my next quilt will be similar to the broken dishes quilt on The Purl Bee.  It’s a simple design, which should be relatively easy for a beginner like myself.  Triangles aren’t so scary, right?

broken dishes pattern
I drew out my pattern.

Now, time to think about fabric!  I headed to The Quilt Store here in Austin.  It’s tucked away in a little shopping center on Anderson Lane.

UPDATE: The Quilt Store has sadly closed up shop after 30 years in business.

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Quilt Inspiration

Now that I have completed my very first quilt ever, I’m getting the itch to make another.  One that I can keep at home and snuggle up with on the sofa with a cat, a cup of coffee, and a book.  I can’t help it, it’s quilt season, ya’ll.

First, I need a little inspiration to get me going.

Here are some lovely quilts I’ve stumbled across on the internets.

Quilt by Jessica Ogden – New York TImes

Broken Dishes Baby Quilt, found on The Purl Bee

Now let’s see some quilts I saw in September at the 2012 Capital of Texas Quilt Fest!  Yes, I went to a festival of quilts, and yes, it was awesome.  Over 350 handmade quilts, all different shapes, sizes, textures, colors, you name it.  Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading