Based on how this quilt went, the title should be “My First and Last Quilt”, but I’m no quitter. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share these projects, but then I got out of my own head and wondered what I expected from my first quilts. They weren’t going to be perfect, and I’m proud of them, so here we go!
This all started with an impromptu trip to Canadian Tire (side note: If you don’t live in Canada, Canadian Tire is the kind of store that sells bikes and tires, but also sells sugar, sewing machines, frying pans and dog beds – it’s completely overwhelming). I picked up a Singer sewing machine and decided that I would learn how to sew. In the past I’ve passionately declared that I will never sew, but here I am.
I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole that I haven’t yet emerged from, picking up more quilting tips than I ever thought possible. Then I saw this hidden wells pattern and decided that I’d make a quilt. How hard could it be, right?
I was smart enough to start small with this table runner made of 2″ strips.
Not too bad, eh? There were flaws for sure, but I was pretty darn proud of myself! I learned a bit about how I wanted the strips to match up and decided I was ready for something bigger.
That right there is my first quilt and it has waves for days. I learned so much that I’ve already applied to my current project. For example, who in their right mind would manhandle a quilt top through a “starter” sewing machine to create presser foot patterns? I did and it lead to ripping and tears (read in any way you see fit – I both ripped the fabric and cried), but I persevered.
I should have gone straight up and down or across. It would have made my life a lot easier and led to a more structurally sound quilt (I don’t even want to use it in fear of ruining it). Despite all of this, I’m super proud of certain aspects, like the binding and fabric choices.
I’ve since learned about quilt as you go – such a game changer. I’m excited to post my current project as it definitely meets my perfectionist expectations.
All in all, I’m proud of this quilt. Even if I can never use it.