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Dylan's John Deere Quilt

Share Your Story: Your First Quilt

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Dylan's John Deere Quilt

Dylan's John Deere Quilt

Dylan's John Deere Quilt

close up of tractors

What made you choose the pattern?

This pattern looked like a simple yet fun pattern and wasn't too complicated for me. It was the right choice. I made the quilt for my 2 year old nephew Dylan.

Did you finish the quilt? If not, why?

Yes I finished the quilt and gave it to him last weekend...he said it was "pretty"! I also had a deadline to finish as I had a trip planned to Nebraska to deliver it to him.

What do you love (or hate) about the quilt?

I machine sewed the binding on and don't like the how much the stitching showed on top of quilt. Otherwise, I really liked the quilt.

What would you do differently next time?

I would probably hand sew the binding on. I also put a flannel backing on which made sewing the binding on more difficult but the kids really love having the flannel side of the quilt.

I also have learned to always buy more fabric than what is called for. I wanted to make the binding out of the John Deere fabric but when I went back to the store they were sold out...ended up going with a plain blue which looked ok but would have preferred the tractor print.

What was the most difficult aspect of the project?

Putting the sandwich together, and I was very nervous to start quilting. I didn't have a walking foot for this quilt but now have one and I am anxious to see how helpful this foot will be.

The batting and backing had to be pieced together which was also a challenge for me.

Tips and Tricks

  • Hey, I can do this! I have always wanted to make quilts, tried once before and gave up when cutting it out. Also, taking my time and not feeling bad about having to redo something. I have not done any sewing in years so I also had to learn how to run the machine and to sew a straight line again.
  • I didn't do a bad job and when finished I then made a baby quilt for Dylan's little sister.
  • Also learned that quilts do not have to be perfect, they are a gift from the heart, which makes them perfectly fine.

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