Monday, July 13, 2009

My First Quilt Ever...And I Did Free Form Stitching to Boot!

UPDATE (10-1-09): Here's Ethan laying out on his new Amy Butler Quilt.

I'm in the progress of creating my 1st ever's a Baby Quilt for my little nephew Ethan. I picked up some terrific Amy Butler Fat Eighths fabric from Star Lit Nest on Etsy.

My friend Laurie helped me create the pattern and gave me step by step instructions on how to make this quilt. Today, I pinned the 3 layers of fabric and batting together using a LOT of safety pins...about 4 inches apart, starting from the center and working my way outwards. I first pinned the "back" side with the green ducks and then flipped it over and pinned the Front side with the Butler fabric. I did this to make sure that the backside fabric was flat and not rumpled. I wouldn't want to start my stitching on the Front only to have the Backside fabric be loose and weird looking.

The Quilt Pattern Layout...on the floor

After watching several You Tube videos on How to do Free Form Stitching, I felt confident in doing it myself on my 1st quilt. So, I just jumped head in and started sewing. It was pretty easy after the first minute or so. You can pick up the rhythm and motion pretty quickly. Start from the Center of your quilt and then stitch outward. You just have to think "doodling" and let your mind go while you're doing it so that the curves are round and flowing.

Check out my video of me Free Form Stitching. I'll post an update later when this baby quilt is done. Almost there...Yayyyyy!


Jean said...

Wow Stacy that is awesome! Your video makes it look like you've been doing this a long time. And I just love those fabrics! Be sure to post a shot of the finished product!!!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Thanks Jean! You got the idea in my head. Thanks for telling me about learning about quilting on You Tube! :)

VerĂ£o said...

Wow you're a pro! The last time I used a sewing machine was in highschool for a school project. They scared me! LL!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Aww shucks. I'm still a beginner who wants to make cute quilts. My friend Jean told me about the wonders of learning about quilting by watching YouTube. I just got my material to work on my 2nd quilt...this one is for me...I think.

Anonymous said...

Hey, awesome!! I'd love to hear any good resources that helped you as a first time quilter! I'd love to start my first sometime soon! Let me know! <3

robayre said...

This is wonderful! I could just sit and watch you quilt that forever, very rhythmic and tranquil.
Now I want to see it complete.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

My GF helped me figure out the pattern and told me what to do. But, I did look over one of her quilting books bc my GF kinda forgot some things. I'll go see if I can find that book on Amazon.

And, I'll post the finished blanket. We just took some shots on Jimmy's phone camera. I'll post them.


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