I had wanted to make a quilt for a long time, but hadn’t yet tried because I didn’t have any idea how to do the binding. My mom & I were going on a weekend craft retreat, which immediately became an annual trip for us. Many of my craft projects have come from those annual weekends. 🙂 One of the classes offered that year was a simple beginners quilt, so I signed up!
The supply list included twelve bandanas, a co-ordinating twin size top sheet, twin size batting & thread. In class we sewed the bandanas together in a simple 3 x 4 grid. I’d had a difficult time choosing colors at the store, so I’d bought a lot of extra bandanas. I guess I thought I’d figure it out during class. I had just as hard a time deciding in class as I did in the store. 🙂 I ended up using mainly navy blue, with a few dark green scattered in.
Once the top was made, we laid out our batting, added the sheet on top, then the bandanas on top of that, keeping bandanas & sheet right sides together. We pinned the layers together, then trmmed the sheet & batting. Next thing we did was to sew the layers together on three full sides & most of the fourth. It sseems like I left about an eight inch gap. We used the open gap to reach in & pull the quilt out, turning it right side out in the process.
After turning it, we top stitched around all four sides, closing the gap & making the edges nice & matched. Well, mine really aren’t that even, but luckily for me, I’m not a perfectionist. I also cut myself some extra slack since it was my first quilt.
I didn’t have time to finish in class, but the instructor said we could either quilt it later or tack & tie it with yarn. Since I don’t much like the “tack & tie” yarn look, I brought it hope and added straight line stitching along all my seams…. & that was it! My first quilt was finished!!
You probably noticed that at no point did I mention adding binding to the quilt. It had occurred to me until then, that you could layer it inside-out, then stitch it & turn it for a binding free quilt. The one step which had kept me from trying quilts on my own, turned out to be optional! 🙂
I made a few more turned quilts before I ventured on to self-binding. I definitely thikn they look better with the binding. But as a first quilt for someone like me, who was too afraid to get started for fear it would be too difficult to finish, the no binding, turn & stitch approach was perfect!
I gifted that first quilt to my husband. He still uses it in his recliner. Since my son wanted it, but didn’t get it, I promised him he could help me pick out the fabrics for *his* quilt. That will probably be the topic of my next post.
I’d love to hear about your first quilt. Or any other first time project you’ve done!