This week I had the urge to organize all my files and pictures. I didn’t actually get very far, since I found pictures of the very first quilt I ever made and didn’t finish organizing! You see, I had never quilted before 2020. Actually, I had never even sewn two pieces of fabric together before!
Well before 2020, a friend had asked me if I could make a memory quilt with her husband’s shirts, or if I knew someone who could. I was sad that I couldn’t help her, but didn’t think much of it until around March 2020. That was when I started spending my days sitting next to my special needs son in front of the computer all day to help him do virtual school.
That was when I decided that I needed to do something in our off hours from school to keep me from going insane! I started watching YouTube videos and reading as much as I could about quilting. I decided I must have a sewing machine, and bought this one from the Home Shopping Network.
Unfortunately, because I knew so little about sewing and quilting in general, I didn’t realize this was such a tiny machine. It has a throat space of about 5 inches. Throat space is the space to the right of the needle. Once I bought the machine, I bought a bunch of fabrics and decided I was going to make a queen sized quilt for my sister’s birthday. Yes, it sounds crazy and it was! I thought all quilts were bed sized, little did I know that I would love to make varying sizes of throw quilts eventually.
I found this tutorial for an X’s and O’s quilt from Missouri Star Company and decided that’s what I was going to make! Here I am starting to place the white blocks on each side of the green ones. I think I was using black thread!!
At least I could follow most of the directions pretty well. Here’s my block after trimming.
Here’s the block after pressing the white sections.
When I see these pictures now I try not to cringe at how bad they look. It can be hard, but I try to realize how much I’ve grown and learned in just 3 years!!
I was so excited to learn about quilting that I truly jumped in head first. I even bought a Fons & Porter design wall. I will say that was probably the best purchase I made when starting out. I have used it numerous times over the years, and love it so much. It really helps me visualize my quilts as they come together.
I was trying really really hard to not have two of the same fabrics next to each other, and that all the blocks were facing in the right direction. I did eventually give up on fabric placement, and decided it was good enough the way it was!
Finally I got the entire quilt top (flimsy) put together. My seams weren’t pressed thoroughly, and I had no idea how to baste a quilt, but I didn’t know that at the time!
I tried to baste the quilt on my bed. What a mess that was! On to the quilting!!!
I did NOT realize how hard it would be to quilt a Queen sized quilt on a 5″ sewing machine! I will say that I must have liked it on some level, because I didn’t give up and (obviously) am still quilting today!
I knew from the very beginning there was no way I was going to ever hand sew my binding! I was happy with how my roll of binding came out, although I did have a really difficult time getting it on the quilt!
Finally, here’s the finished product. The Queen sized quilt that somehow ignited a passion in me to keep quilting!
I am so grateful that I learned so much since then. Including how to get better photos of my quilts when they are done! My little Janome C30 is now just sitting in a corner of my sewing room collecting dust. I have been looking for somewhere to donate it to, so if you can think of somewhere that could use a small sewing machine for free let me know. I want to be able to pass it on to someone else who would love to make their first quilt with it!