Saturday, May 19, 2012


For years now, I've been wanting to make a quilt. The fabrics, the designs... I was smitten.  However, there was always something holding me back: I didn't *actually* know how to sew, which is sorta kinda important if you're going to make a quilt.  So I've heard, anyway.  Hah.

With Kate-the-Enabler's help and guidance, I eventually found my way around the basics.  I say "found my way" because, no, I don't think I've mastered them.  But I can thread my sewing machine and I can sew a straight line.  I decided I was good to go.

I chose a relatively simple design for my first project, Alice by Red Pepper Quilts.  It features 2 traditional blocks, log cabins and four-patch blocks, and looked easy enough to my newbie eyes.  I started sewing.

Here's the thing though: the finished size as stated by the pattern is 40.5 inches x 48.5 inches (about 1 meter x 1.3 meters).  And that's... small, you know? Now... maybe it's my newbieness talking here, but when I think "Quilt", I think "Blanket".  40.5 in x 48.5 inches is a lap quilt.  It's a decorative piece. It's not a blanket.

No worries, I thought.  I'll just make it bigger by making more blocks!  How hard can that be?

So that's what I did, my friends.  I made more blocks.

Lots more.

Holy freaking crap.

Happy Sewing, Friends!


Zenitude (formerly Wooly Knits n Bits) said...

That is a whole lot of blocks...I would have made the blocks bigger rather than make more of them...I'm a tad less adventurous and a tad more lazy I guess!
But your quilt will look spectacular.

sapphireblue said...

Wow! That's a lot of work! It looks great though. That's pretty advanced for a beginner.

Maryse said...

These are a lot of socks! Must be hours of fun ;-) I really look forward to see it finished! It will for sure be amazing! You are so talented Tara!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Wow! That's a lot of blocks! Can't wait to see it finished. I have a quilt that needs attention too. You've inspired me to get cracking on it.

Sinéad said...

Woah, now that's what I call a quilt! Do they all get joined by hand or machine? Holy cow! The colours are gorgeous together.

Cynthia F said...

Woot! Go Tara go!! This is going to be a gorgeous quilt!!

Dawn said...

Wow, that a huge and awesome first quilt! I'm in the process of making a baby quilt as my first. Nothing quite so adventurous for me;)