WiP Wednesday #05 – Quilting Attempt

What a step on the quilting journey this week!  Managed to get my first ever quilt sandwiched and basted and it was such a personal achievement.  Even though I am sort of going crazy staring at all of this yellow (have you read The Yellow Wallpaper?), it was nice learning another part of the process.  
Then I went to quilt it, and CRASH.  Let’s just say, I did one line, and went, no, that just will not do.  So I reached out to my support group, also known as, Quilt Club Australia, and they came back with an overwhelming response of tips and suggestions on how to get my sanity back!  It is surprising for me to find people in the world that are just this nice and caring.  Not to hell in a hand basket yet, I say!
So I devised an 8 step manifesto that will help when I make my second attempt at quilting the sucker:
  1. Thread to remain the same colour, as the backing is that exact grey and I like how the grey tones the yellow down a bit. Plus some of the blocks are darker in value and not as noticeable.
  2. Kidnapping my MIL’s Pfaff with a walking foot. 
  3. Learn to live with a bit of wonkiness, but that first attempt will have to go! 
  4. Keep the diagonal, because it is what I really want and I refuse to let my skill level dictate my design aesthetic.
  5. Getting some quilter’s / masking tape to help with straighter lines.
  6. Gonna start in the middle and work my way out.
  7. Know that at the end of the day, this is my FIRST quilt and I freaking love it no matter what, and that my grandma will love it ten times more than me, NO MATTER WHAT!
  8. Learn from every single mistake and achievement!!!
So there you have it, another week, another learn.  Hopefully, once the kidnapping occurs on Saturday, I can put the rest of this manifesto in place.  I’ll keep you posted!

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8 Responses

  1. Mandy says:

    Wow, that is yellow! But I love it! Great job! Yes quilting is certainly something you need to practice isn't it! lol But hey, like you said, it is your first quilt so don't expect perfection yet! Maybe by your second huh? lol We expect too much from ourselves I think. Cut yourself some slack! It's going to be great & your list of tips is awesome! Looking forward to seeing a completed picture soon! Don't rush it!

  2. I love the colors in your quilt! And I totally agree with your thoughts on quilting! I am amazed at how tricky sewing straight lines seems to be!

  3. heather says:

    The fabrics are great and no one will ever notice crooked lines as much as the quilter does.

  4. mamaraby says:

    Ditto what heather said. Embrace the wonk!

  5. audrey says:

    Seriously, no one notices the mistakes as much as the quilter does. My sister received one of the first cushion covers I made, and my points totally didn't match up, but even after I pointed them out to her, she looked at me funny and told me I was crazy. (And trust me, my sister is plenty honest and blunt, so she would have told me if she thought it looked bad!)

    Your quilt top is lovely, and this first quilt will always hold a special place in your heart. I know my first quilt does! 🙂

  6. LC says:

    Haha, I have read The Yellow Wallpaper, and I assure you, your yellow isn't nearly as freaky as that story. Great job on getting your first sandwiching and bit of quilting done! I totally know what you mean about absolutely loathing that first line of quilting. I did the same thing on my first quilt too. You'll get much better with practice, I promise. Even from my first quilt to my second quilt, I improved way more than I thought I would. And you're also right that you should ALWAYS be proud of it. You're making a quilt for cheese sake. Great work!

  7. Cindy says:

    Your quilt looks magnificent. I really enjoy the combination of colors.

    Great check list for future quilting endeavors.

    Best of luck with finishing this quilt. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  8. Silvana says:

    This quilt is amazing!

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