Well here’s something a little different, my very first quilt! When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids Blog Hop, my immediate thought was I don’t really quilt… but that thought was cut short when I realized I really need to start if I ever want to use up my fabric scraps. Plus, the parent company of Cotton & Steel is automatically a winner in my book so I jumped at the chance and said yes please!
At first I had grand ideas for complicated vintage patterns and fancy free-motion quilting but then I reminded myself I was working on my very first quilt, on a deadline, and maybe I shouldn’t get too ahead of myself for once in my life. So I scrapped all my grand schemes (no pun intended) and turned to a sewing/quilting book in my library, Sew Red. You might remember this book from another project that graced this blog way back in April 2013, and how funny that I mentioned this particular quilt in that post as a project I’d like to make in the future. Well, it only took me a year and a half but I finally made it!
This is the Hop! Skip! Jump! quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt, who happens to be one of my favorite fabric designers. Before I thought about which supreme solids to use with this pattern, I dumped all my scraps onto the floor and started pulling a few favorites that were big enough to work with. The ones I reached for first were the leftovers from my Cotton & Steel Mustang shirt, which I then started to coordinate with other prints that would pair nicely, and THEN I turned to the Supreme Solids swatch book to pick some colors that would bridge any gaps and pull all the prints together. I posted a photo on instagram of this process.
I followed the pattern in the book to a T, but had to skip the muslin foundation blocks since I didn’t have enough muslin. Instead I just cut one foundation block to use as a guide, but used my cutting mat to measure the final size of my quilt block instead of cutting the foundation block down as well. The top came together really quickly and I enjoyed the free hand cutting and “wing it” style of building the blocks. It was a nice, stress-free break from garment sewing!
I wasn’t entirely sure what to do for the backing, but after watching a free class on Craftsy I found some inspiration and learned how to lay out the back and the batting. I used pins to sandwich everything together, but in the future I’d like to try the spray adhesive method. I did the simplest thing I could think of for the actual quilting part and stitched everything together by just following the white strips in a sort of lightening bolt pattern. I used varying seam allowances and had no real set plan as I worked but I think it really compliments the free hand style of the blocks.
I was having my doubts with mixing so many colors and prints but the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids really brought my entire quilt together! I highly recommend this type of pattern to anyone who’s brand new to quilting. There’s really not a lot of room for human error so your finished product is bound to be really successful! My mitered corners are a bit of an eye sore but I picked a busy print for the binding so you can’t even tell.
(That’s my William modeling the quilt for me. Thanks, Wil!)
Lucille is convinced that this is not actually my first quilt, but is in fact a nice snuggly new thing for her to wrap up in. Which, let’s face it. It is exactly that.
I know this is practically blasphemous in the quilting world, but I used my machine to attach the binding. Sorry, I guess that’s just the garment sewer in me and I’m not about to start hand stitching it any time soon 😉
I’m so proud of my first quilt! A huge thanks to RJR for finally giving me the push to start quilting, and for providing the beautiful solid fabrics to pull my love of crazy mixed prints together. Check out all the other awesome RJR blog hop projects, here!
Do you do any quilting? I think I might be hooked!
BONUS GIVEAWAY!! (NOW CLOSED) RJR Fabrics is giving away one fat quarter fabric bundle of all the solids I used in my quilt! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below (using your first name and a valid email address) and mention you’d like to win! 🙂 The giveaway will close and I’ll randomly draw one winner on Friday, September 19th 2014 (For US and Canadian residents only this time, I’m sorry).