Today I've decided to back up a bit and bring you a few of my first quilting projects to encourage you to get started making quilts. You don't need a longarm machine to finish a quilt; a basic sewing machine is all you need. It's definitely easier to quilt a small piece on your sewing machine so a baby quilt or lap-size quilt is the perfect starter project.
This is one of my very first quilts. The quilt top isn't pieced; it's just a really cute pre-printed panel that I bought at a quilt show. Layer the top, batting and backing fabric and start sewing designs!
I quilted squiggles, loops, triangles and even changed thread colors. I call this quilt "Is There Something To Do?" Whenever my granddaughter would visit, she'd always ask if there was something to do. All the busy kids on this quilt made me think of her!
Here's another perfect "start quilting" idea. Get some snuggly flannel with a sweet print and make it into a quilted receiving blanket.
Have some fun with quilting designs - the baby won't notice any mistakes. :) I practiced on paper first and came up with a design that looked like water and little sailboats. I named this little quiltlet "Toy Boat"
So give it a try and see if quilt making is your creative crush!
I needed to make a quilt for a co-worker's new baby boy. I only had a few pieces left of a darling focal fabric that would be super cute for a little boy, but it wasn't even enough to become a receiving blanket let alone a quilt!
After making the edges of the scraps even, I pulled some coordinating prints and started working at my design board.
You can see the blue painter's tape on the left side where I made guidelines for the desired finished quilt size.
The black sashing really makes the colors pop.
Notice all the different quilting motifs. A baby quilt is a perfect first-time project because you can play and have some fun with whimsical quilting designs.
I really am happy with how this quilt turned out. I love the colors and the quilting. I hope you'll try your hand at improvisational piecing and don't let tiny fabric bits stop you!
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!