I have tried my hand at several different hobbies/crafts since starting my job at Craftsy, and now that it’s cold again, it’s been the perfect time to hole up and get cracking at quilting and sewing again. The fact that one of my very dear friends just had a baby was even more excuse to make something special.
This was my first bigger project and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I created the pattern myself and while most of it came together easily, I definitely had to rely on advice from quilting friends at work, and revisited the free (for everyone) Craftsy class that I initially learned from last winter, but it all came together in the end.
I’m definitely no expert, but here are just a few of the things I’ve found important:
- Cutting your fabric correctly is SUPER important. It doesn’t matter that you know how to sew a 1/4″ seam if you are starting with the wrong size of fabric.
- It’s ok to go slow, especially when doing the quilting. The biggest errors I made happened when I got going a little fast. It’s ok to take your time and in the end I think it results in a finer result.
- Washing! Very elaborate quilts are often art pieces that you don’t wash really, let alone dry, but to make this baby quilt more comfy washed it and threw it in a hot dryer. It helps it poof a little bit and get softer.
I’m excited to take my own advice in my next quilt (ideally a full sized one) and I hope that despite its few flaws, my friend will actually use this quilt and hold onto it for a while.