Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Quintessential Quilt

Another lifetime ago, I was living alone in the Hollywood Hills and decided I would try my hand at making a quilt. I bought all of the material and meticulously hand cut hundreds of 2" x 2" squares, then began hand sewing them together. Full of support, my friend Al said, “You’re never going to finish that.” I scoffed at him and went back to my sewing.
Well, ten years have gone by and those quilting squares remain, for the most part, unsewn and stuffed in a plastic Ziploc bag in a cabinet. But now that I am a sewer with a machine, I decided it was time to try once again to craft a quilt.

My first genius move was buying pre-cut layer cake pieces from Moda. Not only did this spare me days upon days of precise cutting, but the “layer cakes” (fancy sewing phrase that means pre-cut, 10" x 10" squares) are already all coordinated, so those of us with less of an eye for color design can still make good looking quilts! And in keeping with my ever-growing sewing vocabulary, I also learned, while completing this project, that rectangular pre-cut, 2 ½" x 45” pieces are referred to as “jelly rolls.”
(All of these dessert analogies make me hungry! Can I get a cup of coffee with my fabric? Make it a double. These kids make me exhausted.)

I picked out the squares I liked the most (I have lots left over) and arranged them on the floor. Then the sewing began. It really went pretty quickly – just sewing straight lines, row after row.
I added the batting, a material for the underside of the quilt and then quilting bias to seal the deal and……baby has a new quilt for his room!

Total project time = 4 hours tops! Someone more focused could easily finish in two hours.
If you are interested in seeing a quilt tutorial, please let me know and I will put one together.
In the meantime, check out Moda’s clever Bakeshop websitethat features “Chefs” (crafters) and “recipes” (tutorials).
Anyone need a few hundred 2” x 2” squares????

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