Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Learnalong quilting with Sweetpea

Hi All. As you know I'm teaching myself to make a quilt and I'll be blogging along the way. You are very welcome to join me, in fact, I hope many of you will. However, I must reiterate that I am no expert, in fact, I've never made a quilt before in my life. Actually, its the first time I've even used a rotary cutter and that in itself is an art. So, my advice firstly, is get comfortable with the rotary cutter, unlike me and waste oodles of fabric.

Firstly, its show and tell. Here's mine, now I want to see yours. Post a link of your favourite fabrics. I chose, or rather I let the Bubela help me choose fabric from Walmart (I nearly fainted at the prices compared to the prices here). This fabric cost between 50p and £2 a meter. A huge difference from the £6-£8 prices that I usually find.

OK, so remember 100% cotton.

I hope you lovely experienced quilting bloggers can help and lend your advice along the way. I'm hoping to get hands on help from the lovely lady that taught me the basics last month too.

Today its cutting, and oy vey let me tell you, find a comfortable position because my back is killing me.

Cut 20 strips 1" x 8.5" of fabric and 31 strips 1.5 x 8.5" in the same fabric.

I don't want to state the obvious, but when cutting fabric with your rotary cutter don't forget to use your cutting mat. God forbid you scratch the antique polish.

BTW - look who's walking.
BBTW - Hobbycraft are having a sale and I found some Jaeger Aqua, Sienna and Roma for £1.35 a ball.

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