What made you choose the pattern?
The pattern I used is one that I had seen a long time ago. I don't know why I even remembered it. I had a lot of scrap fabric and it went on from there.
Did you finish the quilt? If not, why?
Yes I did finish the quilt. It took a very long time to do because I was not sure what I was doing. I was taught by my Grandmother when I was in grade school. She showed me how to sew and quilt.
What do you love (or hate) about the quilt?
I don't love or hate the quilt -- it is just my first quilt. I could have done better but then I try to do everything perfect so if it is not then I am not pleased with it. Everyone else loved it.
What would you do differently next time?
I have done a lot of needle work in the past, but making a quilt was a crazy idea to me. It took a long time before I could start even after I collected all of the fabric.
Well the next one was even more crazy because I had to go around and collect old jeans from the family and friends. By doing that everyone knew what I was doing so they kept asking is it done yet. That kept me at it till it was done. It is a very large quilt. It is 120" x 98". 120" long by 98" wide.
So would I do anything differently, YES i would not do something so big for a second quilt.
What was the most difficult aspect of the project?
The weight of the quilt was hard to work with. Trying to move all that weight around to be able to get the back on was very difficult. I didn't even have a space large enough to lay the quilt down to pin the back on. I had to use the table in the basement dinning room to pin the back on. That was still a big job, I had to pin it take it apart pin take it apart several time before I had it right.
So the hardest part was finding a place to be able to pin the back on.
Tips and Tricks
- Before you start make sure that you have a space big enough to work in for the size of your project.
- If you are new to quilting work your way up to large projects.
- Make sure that you buy a few quilt clips before you start a big quilt. If not you will be washing it before you can show it. It will be on the floor a lot without clips, I know because I didn't have any when I did my first large quilt so it did get dirty around the edges. I have two small dogs and a cat that thought I was making them a bed to lay on while I was working on it. Use clips or keep the pets out.