Saturday, September 27, 2014

My First Two Blocks Quilted!

It is pretty exciting to finally start quilting the blocks.  Seeing the vision I had of how I wanted it to look to be actually  taking shape.  You really start feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Here are my first two blocks I just finished quilting.

After I finished sewing my quilt tops there were only a few more steps I needed to take to get to this point.

I cut the 56 blocks of backing fabric.

.......and cotton quilting batting.

It was pretty cool to finally have all my batting cut into blocks.  It meant I was soon going to be quilting.  Yea!

All sandwiched together.  Let the quilting begin.  I'm using the Hobbs Fusible Batting so I didn't even have to pin it together.  You have to love this batting!

It's such an awesome feeling to actually start the quilting.  As you can see all of my points in my blocks didn't always match up like I wanted them to but that's all right.  I still really like how they turned out and it's going to be beautiful when the quilts completed.

Ta-dah!  My very first two blocks completed.  Only 54 more to go.  I'm going to try to have them all quilted up within the next two weeks.  It's getting pretty exciting.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Even the Tortoise eventually makes headway on his quilt.

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on how Joe's big quilting adventures been coming along.

I have a total of 32 blocks done so far, I still need another 24.  I would love to say I am able to get 10 or so blocks done in a day.  Wow, that would be great, but in reality I am only able to do 1 maybe 2 and if I am really lucky 3 blocks in a day depending on how busy life makes me.  Hmm....for some reason garment sewing seemed to be so much faster.  I do have to admit I will always love constructing clothes and sewing my own wardrobe, but there is something very special about quilting.  It's hard to put an exact finger on.  I think I'll just have to always do both now.

For the batting I'm going to use Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Fusible Batting.  I think for me that will be the easiest way to put together my first quilt.  Also it seems to be a favorite of a whole bunch of quilters.  

I also think I'm going to quilt my individual blocks first and then join them together like the Gourmet Quilter does in her video How to join up Quilt as you Go blocks and border.

I really love how well the blocks are coming out and I can't wait to see it all quilted.  That's it for now!

Until Next Time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe