Some of the new readers may not know this, but I haven’t been quilting very long. It was around the summer of 2010 that I started reading more quilting blogs, seeing more quilts and tutorials, and thought, “Hey, that looks pretty cool. I want to try it.” I started fooling around with piecing, made a doll quilt using an online tutorial, and I was hooked.
Knowing that I needed to improve my techniques, I signed up for a quilting class in October. I was excited, because I knew that while I could learn a lot from the internet and books, that sometimes it’s even better to learn hands-on with an experienced teacher. But I was impatient, and when I saw that the Fat Quarterly team was doing a quilt-along in the weeks before I had my quilting classes, I decided to jump in. My results were less than stellar.
Fast forward a few months. I have completed the quilting class. I’ve made a couple of quilt tops. I’ve learned the joy of consistent 1/4″ seams, chain-piecing, and proper pressing. Knowing what I know now, I decided to make another jelly roll quilt top based on the Fat Quarterly quilt along pattern. May I just say – it was a HUGE success!
One Bliss jelly roll
Assorted fat quarters in complementary colors. I had ordered this bundle from Pink Chalk fabrics awhile back, and had saved it knowing that someday I wanted to try this quilt again.
Some cutting and chopping, a little chain-piecing:
Proper pressing (so as not to lose too much seam allowance):
Trimming and more piecing:
And we have some mighty well-pieced rows, if I do say so myself.
These rows are now a finished top, but that’s a photo for another day. I really, really want to finish the entire quilt process before I show it off. I had to order some backing fabric, and as soon as it arrives I’m determined to finish this up. Stay tuned!