Friday, June 12, 2009

To the Toppermost of the Poppermost

I finished appliqueing all of Chunky's old Colorado State University t-shirt, sweatshirt, and onesie logos onto cotton blocks.

I think they call it blanket stitching. I'm not sure. But it went pretty fast.

And after hauling out The Beast (I mentally start designing my dream craft room in my head every time I have to haul The Beast out of the closet...) I am now the proud owner of my first quilt top.


Ok, so it's not the best...there is a set of corners that don't line up perfectly, and working with the boxy directional fabric? Not the best idea on your first quilt. You can see where it looks crooked.

But hey, I'm very impressed with myself.

Usually my first attempts at anything new come out pretty half-assedly.


Next up, basting it!

I've also decided I think I'll hand quilt it. You know that free form quilting where you just kinda doodle all over your quilt with a machine?

Yeah, not a big fan. It seems hurried and sloppy.

But what do I know? I'm just a beginner.

I've got lofty plans for this little wall hanging though!!!



Blogger Alisha said...

Oh that looks fabulous! I like the idea of hand sewing too!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Excellent! I love the blanket stitching - it looks wonderful.

As for corners that don't quite match up, I've often wondered how the heck people do get corners to match up perfectly... I've never been able to.

I hear you about the craft room.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Looks awesome!!! It's ten times better than my first quilt!

I think they call it 'blanket stitch' because we use it on blankets a lot... like you did. =P

As for the meander-quilting, I've seen it done well, and I've done it poorly. It's a lot harder than it looks, and there is a technique to it - or rather a variety of techniques (cover an area before moving on to the next - try to fill the whole quilt without crossing lines etc.). Like garter-stitch... it's one choice of many and it's got it's pros and cons.

Welcome to the world of quilting!!!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

It looks great, and I recognize the blanket stitch. Very appropriate :0)

6:40 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Fabulous! I'm loving your quilt so far!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

It's so cute!

And I'm not a big fan of the meandering, either. I've been sticking with stitch-in-the-ditch for the few that I've done. :)

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done. Can't wait to see it finished.

I use our spare/guest bedroom as my craft room. It seems to be a catch-all room. I really would like to have the bedroom in the basement as my craft room. That's not happening anytime soon unless Sam moves out(he knows he has a good thing going living at home).

Love, Aunt Susan

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks MARVELOUS!
Have you given any thought to what you are going to use for batting? I suggest cotton cause the poly is cheaper but in the long run will take you more time cause it will slide. Poly batts also beard once they are in quilts and it takes years for them to stop.
As Georgia Bonesteel use to say "If a galloping knight cannot see it let it be!"
Love, Mom

12:14 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

That looks great! Even if it doesn't say USC.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Yup, that's blanket stitch.

And I agree with your mom - cotton batting for sure! So much better and worth the splurge. Not sure which stores you have by you, but I've bought the batting at Hobby Lobby in the past. They have a 40% off coupon every so often.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

So it's been said a couple/few times before, but I too like the edge stitching/blanket stitch/thing you did with the yellow thread :).

My wee little beastie also lives in the smallest closet here...and I'm not letting the movers touch him...poor thing's been through enough at the hands of strangers.

What I'm thinking I need is one of those old fashioned sewing machine tables that double as, yep, a table! Then he can live in the livingroom and no one is the wiser!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

It's beautiful. I'd hand quilt it. That way you can use your initials or the school fight song or whatever for your design. It's way cool.

7:45 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

That's a great way to use old college shirt ! It looks fantastic!

8:43 PM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

very nice! congratulations.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I'm not a quilter so I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I think it's perfect.

11:09 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Great job! My mom quilts and does hand quilting too. I admire that kind of patience! I certainly don't have it.

Have you thought about using the method of using yarn to tie at the corners of the squares?

4:09 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Pretty good for a half assed quilter beginner person! I'm impressed.

5:57 PM  
Blogger mikomiao said...

very impressive! quilting is scary to me!

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

very nice for your first quilt top! i can't wait to see it finished. hand-quilting? you're brave.

11:33 AM  

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