Like the title of the post says, I sewed an entire quilt in one weekend. Granted, it was lap-size. You know, the standard size for those lap throws you see for sale. 52" X 78"or some such thing. I don't know the exact measurements, since I haven't measured it yet. It's the first quilt I've ever sewn. It's so colorful and cheerful!
What made this quilt come about is that I haven't seen a friend of mine in quite some time. Months. I missed her and we had always talked about doing some sewing together, since she is an avid quilter and I've always wanted to learn. So I asked her if she minded if I stay for a weekend and we sew to our hearts' content and she said sure!
The weekend of the 13th and 14th I went to her house. She showed me how her garden was faring, I got to eat delicious fresh-from-the-backyard, truly organic produce and we gabbed and gabbed. It was fun! Oh, and while gabbing, we sewed.
|I love this batik fabric and the zoo animals!|
So here it is, eight years later, and I'm looking at my machine, flummoxed. I can't find the instructions and the cord is still in it's wrapper. It's a brand new machine, essentially, but I don't remember the way the sales lady showed me how to use it. My friend was a godsend. She showed me how to thread the needle and fill up the bobbin and how to adjust the tension, replace the feet, what the different feet were for and even explained how the different stitches worked.
Did I mention I'm a complete novice? I used my mom's machine back in high school to peg my jeans and to sew a robe costume back when I was in the drama club (and if memory serves, my mom did most of that), but that's about it. I have never followed a pattern or anything like that. Mom had shown me how to sew on a button ages ago, but that was about the extent of my sewing knowledge.
|Note the uneven stitching. Hey, it's a start!|
Anyhow, I still need to do a little bit of hand stitching around the edges, but I'm out of thread. As soon as I can get to a store and buy some, I'll be finishing that little tidbit up. But I'm so excited. I made a quilt! Me! And it's beautiful!
I would really like to thank my friend for her patient coaching and for the use of her materials. Thank you, thank you, you know who you are!! Love you bunches!
*I knew the moment I showed my dad the quilt, he would say, "Good! Now you can come over to my house and sew some stuff for me!" Sure enough, he did EXACTLY that! I had to laugh. He's already got his own sewing machine and can sew just fine, thank you very much. :) I love my dad. He's so funny.