- Sewing a straight line is harder than it looks (excuse the fabrics, I know they don’t match at all, but they are just practice scraps)
2. I should stay away from triangles/diamonds
3. I can make a mess very quickly
4. I already want a better sewing machine
5. I think I have a new hobby!
I have always fancied having a go at quilting, but have always been put off by a few things (see lesson number 1!). When Sheila and I visited Polstitches last year we went next door to Cross Patch and I literally drooled over the fabrics and quilts they had there. We had a look upstairs at their teaching room where there was a roomful of ladies sewing away making masterpieces and decided then that one day I would give it a try.
One of my work colleagues, Rose, has been talking about learning to quilt for years but never did anything about it either. However, we recently discovered a quilting shop here in Swansea, called Red House Quilting. We are planning a trip there in a few weeks (after payday!) so I thought I would watch a few You Tube tutorials and have a go.
I found some fantastic tutorials from the Missouri Star Quilt Co, based in the US. They are very easy to follow and very helpful for beginners like me.
I had a few hours to myself today so thought it was the perfect opportunity, so I grabbed some scraps of fabric I had collected over the years and made myself a very simple (and a little lopsided) practice quilt. The first blocks I made are definitely a lot worse than the last blocks, and by the time I sewed the border on I think my quarter inch seam was pretty good. I’ve had my little sewing machine for a few years and it is very basic, and did seem to struggle sometimes when it came to sewing over the thicker seams, so I am going have another try at making something on Phill’s mum’s machine, which even though it is a good few years old is very very good quality.
If any of you quilt and can point me in the direction of some good online stores/blogs/forums I’d be very grateful!
Back to cross stitch, and my progress on the Sampler Girl SAL this week
Tonight is Dancing on Ice/Masquerade night – let’s see if I can keep up with Sheila this week LOL