The Trials & Tribulations of My First Quilt & More!
The new Genea-Quilters blog which Myrtle and Genea Philbert Ortega have started and contribute to has sparked my own interest again in starting my very first quilt. I am very happy to say that I have actually, finally, started my first quilt! I have wanted to make a Harley Davidson quilt for several years after seeing a few of them made. My husband has often said I would never make one, but he should know by now, you never say never to me! Besides, if I make quilts they may be passed down to my descendants and become heirlooms!
Between my husband and I we have many many Harley shirts saved through the years. I kept saying I was going to make a quilt one day! I also have bought and saved Harley scarves from different stores we have visited all over the country. This means I will be making at least one more Harley quilt sometime in the future.
Eventually, I would like to make an ancestors quilt and an antique, maybe lacy looking quilt. These will be further down the road however as I have an awful lot to learn about quilting. I took a quilting class maybe 10 years ago, but never did anything with what I learned, so now I am starting new!
I should probably take a class again, but no, I have to learn how to do things the hard way. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you may have already read about me cutting through my dining room tablecloth and pad, while cutting out T-shirts. I couldn't find my rotary cutting mat, so I used several pieces of cardboard to do my cutting on, but now you know that cardboard wasn't strong, or thick enough. This is part of my "learning the hard way." Maybe sharing this will prevent someone else from making my mistake. I actually had to laugh. Thank goodness I didn't ruin anything I was really attached to.
I had picked out and cut 12 Harley shirts that I wanted to use for the quilt. I cut different colored borders to frame each block, and sewed them on. Now, as I read more I find that the seams are suppose to me 1/4 in. and mine are 1/2 in. Already? I need to start ripping? This may take me a long time to make...but, hey, I finally started! Oh...I have since found my cutting mat too. The trials and tribulations, already, of my first quilt...I don't think you will want to hear anymore, this could end up being the "ongoing saga!"
I wanted to share the site of a quilting blog I found online. It may help you use some of the scraps of material you have laying around. This blog is ~ Selvage Blog, making quilts and things with the "scrappiest" of fabrics is how I look at it. There is a link on this site for "Creative Talk Radio" where selvages are discussed. On this blog I also found a link to the "Online Quilt Museum." Here you will find many exhibits and galleries of handmade quilts. You can sign up and actually have your own exhibit if you so choose. If you are interested at all in quilts and or quilting, you may want to see this museum! And, so you know, I have no affiliation what so ever with Selvage Blog, Creative Talk Radio, or Online Quilt Museum. I have enjoyed finding and exploring these sites and thought you may also!
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