Remember this post???
those super-yummy fabrics were turned into this quilt:
its part of a basic step-by-step article that I wrote for the Fiskars Crafts website.
you can see the article here:
...I get lots of emails asking how to get started in sewing & quilting, and I think that this article really walks you through the basic steps of creating a first (smallish!) quilt!
I hope it helps some of you out, and I'm going to encourage you to post your questions about the steps - or the process - in the comments section of this blog post, where I will try my best to also answer them, if needed!
the backing on this quilt is one of heather bailey's prints - just a continuous piece of that print, nothing fancy, but i still love it!
& a few other questions about sewing/quilting that i get from time to time:
Q: Where do i buy my fabric?
A: EVERYWHERE. ha! etsy, ebay, local quilt shops, Joanns for Kona solids and also for the alexander henry prints that they carry and sometimes for the fat quarter (FQ) stacks of designer prints that they sneakily cut the selvedges off of, but i still know that they are high-quality fabrics, online stores like quilthome, etsy favorites are FabricWorm, DownShadowLane, and SewDeerlyLoved.
I pretty much have collected my stash over the past 5 years or so - even before i sewed regularly, i LOVED fabric, and would just buy small amounts - which is how i've accumulated some of my out of print amy butler & others stash. My fabric is stored unwashed, in plastic bins according to my own little sorting strategy - i have all amy butler together, all denyse schmidt together, all heather ross together, a retro bin with lots of moda, and scrap boxes, and then mixed bins, etc etc.
Q: How did I learn how to sew?
A: I almost completely taught myself. When we lived in Philly, I started out with a $99 Singer machine from walmart, bc i wanted to stitch on my scrapbook pages, and then over time started sewing little projects. I made my first few quilts on that machine. I learned to quilt from reading blogs and tutorials online, and i learned how to bind a quilt from a single class at my local quilting shop.
Q: What type of machine do you have?
A: An elna 6600 Quilting Machine. Eric gave it to me for mother's day and i LOOOOVE it. LOOVE it. :) one of the best gifts ever.
i hope this article/info helps a bit...
(one more pic:)