Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I've Been Bitten.....

….by the quilting bug.  
Oh my goodness.  What am I thinking yet again!  I recently went to the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach and fell in love with the fabrics, patterns, colors and textures of quilting.  At the time, the only thing that I had ever quilted were four mug rugs (oversized coasters) and I really wasn’t that interested in doing anything else.  It looked sooo time consuming and all the seams are little and all that cutting and ironing…sheesh.
Well….that all has changed.  My good friends and blogger buddies - Regena, Amy and Karen -  are all quilters so I have been forced jumped on the quilting adventure bandwagon because, hey I need another hobby/craft project like I need another hole in my head.  I kept hearing conversations revolving around “layer cakes, jelly rolls, honey buns and charm packs; sashing and pearl floss; backing and binding.  I felt left out and lonely during our chats.  Like a red-headed stepchild where I didn’t fit in. 
So I bought a Charm Pack in Halloween fabric.  What is a charm pack?  It is a collection of 42, pre-cut 5”x5” squares in a fabric line, in this case Halloween.  There are 2-3 pieces of each fabric.  I then found a quilt block pattern that I thought looked pretty easy for a newbie and decided that I was only going to do a table runner to start with.  Not too big of a project.  The quilt block pattern is called a “Disappearing 9-Patch.”    I also purchased black fabric for the sashing (strips between and around the quilt blocks) and orange fabric for back of the runner. 

Last Wednesday I got started. My husband went on his annual fishing trip and would be gone for three days so I figured that I would have plenty of uninterrupted after-work sewing time while he was gone.  I stayed up that Wednesday night until 11:30 sewing!  I also work a full-time job outside the home, so let me tell you - that is waaayyyy past my bedtime!
I arranged and re-arranged and arranged again the little squares of fabric until I decided how I wanted them and then sewed them into 3x3 blocks.

Then came the hard part.  It was time to cut the big squares into quarters!  Yikes! What if I messed up? What if my ruler and rotary cutter slipped?!  All that hard work!  But I bit the bullet and cut them into quarters.

once they were cut I moved the quarters into a different format within the same square, sewed them together and ended up with these three new blocks! Easy Peasy!

Except like I said - I stayed up until 11:30 that night so this was as far as I got on Wednesday.

On Thursday night after karate, I measured, cut and added the black sashing between and around the blocks.
Then added purple sashing around the black and pinned it to the batting and the backing. Whew!  It was another late night!

On Friday night I began the quilting process.  I sewed around each of the fabric pieces and added decorative sewing to some of the squares.  Above is a spider web.
And here is a witch's hat.  I should have clipped the strings before I took the picture!  LOL!
and another spider web. They all turned out pretty cute!
I also added a bat and here's what he looks like on the backside of the runner. 
The web on the left and the hat on the right - what they look like on the back of the runner. The fabric is orange with black polka dots, but the dots look purple here.

Last night I pinned and sewed the borders and FINALLY finished the runner. 
I am soooo proud of myself and can't stop looking at it!  Here is the finished runner!  Not too bad for a newbie who had no clue what she was doing and didn't really have a pattern for the runner part of the design.  I kinda winged that part!

This was a really fun project.  I've been told that I am now a "quilter."
Hmmmm.............what will my next project be?


  1. It's not too bad even if you weren't a newbie!!
    I really like it!!
    Great job!!
    Forced, my left ovary!

  2. I love everything about it! You are a natural :)

  3. Wow you made it look easy, but I know it's not! You are definitely a natural! I'm drooling over all these quilts you ladies are creating! I'm back at school now so the only thing I'm creating is paperwork and IEPs.

  4. Wow, if this is your first project, I can't wait to see what you do next!