For friends of ours’ new baby I attempted my first quilt. I definitely don’t claim to be a quilter so this was quite an interesting undertaking. But I kept it simple and quite enjoyed the journey. I’m pretty happy with the outcome.
At the baby shower BBQ, I got their friends to write notes to the yet-to-arrive-baby or soon-to-be-parents on fabric leaves that I had pre-cut out. I then assembled it at home. The leaves and tree trunk fabric were bits from my scrap stash, the front is an old duvet cover and the backing, edge fabric and batting are from Remnant Warehouse. I must say a huge thank you to the very helpful ladies at Remnant Warehouse who gave me a crash course in quilting while I was buying the fabric.
I first eassembled the layers (back fabric, batting and front fabric) careful to leave enough of an edge that I could cut off to straighten once it was all put together. I stitched straight across in a hash pattern. I first tried this with my machine but it started getting bunched up in places so I did quite a few of the stitch lines by hand.
Next I ironed applique interfacing (double sided) to the leaves and trunk and trimmed the edges. Then the big assembly came with putting the trunk and leaves onto the quilt and making sure I ironed them all securely in place. I kept the edges of the pieces raw and then straight stitched or zigzagged around each leaf and the tree trunk. The final step was putting the binding on. I made 2.5 inch straight binding (doesn’t need to be on the bais because it’s going around a square!) and used a nifty technique to sew it on: fold the binding in half and sew the raw edge aligned with the raw edge of the quilt. Then fold the doubled up binding over the edge and stitch in the ditch to secure in place.
And ta dah! my first quilt – a highly personalised message tree sending so much love and adoration to the new little one.
Thanks for visiting and happy sewing!