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A Quilting 101 Quilt-Along

Echino Fall 2010 by Estsuko Furuya Wild Forest Natural/Charcoal

Michael Miller, Dumb Dot Charcoal Patty Young Sanctuary, Orchid Feng Shui Berry Patty Young Sanctuary, Zen Garden Pear Alexander Henry June Bug, June Dot Charcoal Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids Aqua (1/2 Yard) Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solids Grey (1/2 Yard)

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Over the weekend, I placed a fabric order in preparation for the quilt-along I’m about to conduct here at The Artists’ House.

I’m calling this quilt-along “Quilting 101″ because the purpose of this quilt-along is to teach the fundamental aspects of making a quilt.

I’ll step participants through each aspect of making a quilt, providing free tutorials along the way.  And in order to keep things interesting I’m going to be using “relationships” as a metaphor to describe the parts of a quilt.  Why?  Because sewing is like therapy to so many people.

pictures handmade quilt

We will be making a simple quilt for this “Quilting 101 Quilt-Along”, made up of stripes and a border –similar, yet different to the picture shown on the left.

(Note: I will do more complex quilt-alongs in the future, as a means to teach other skills.)

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When are we starting?

I’ll actually be making two quilts for the quilt-along instead of just one.  Why two?  Well, my sister has two little girls with new bunk beds, and while she is in the midst of remodeling their room she asked me to make their bedspreads and curtains.  (I think maybe I’ll need to make a pillow or two as well.  Don’t you think?)  And so I’m going to make the first quilt this week, as a means to provide a visual example, and then I’ll make the second quilt along with all of you.  So when are we starting?  How does January 18th sound?

What should you do now?

Leave a comment below, and tell me about the quilt you hope to make:  What room in the house is it for?  What color scheme are you considering?  Is this your first quilt?  Are you making this for someone special?

Oh, I almost forgot…

I’m putting together a little SURPRISE for “Quilting 101 Quilt-Along” participants –so stay tuned and leave a comment below if you would like to participate.

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Image Credit:
Film in the Fridge Blog
Fabric Mentions:
Echino Fall 2010 by Estsuko Furuya Wild Forest Natural/Charcoal
Michael Miller, Dumb Dot Charcoal
Patty Young Sanctuary, Orchid Feng Shui Berry
Patty Young Sanctuary, Zen Garden Pear
Alexander Henry June Bug, June Dot Charcoal
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids Aqua
Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solids Grey
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13 observations on “A Quilting 101 Quilt-Along
  1. Amanda Shelley Davis

    Oh girl, You know I have been waiting for this! I am in. This will be my first quilt and I of course, will want to display it in my very own home. I think I will be going with a bright red color scheme because I have had a hankering for some exciting work with vibrant reds. Will you be telling us how much yardage we will need?

     
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    1. Angela

      That sounds beautiful. Yes, I will be letting you know how much yardage you need and posting advise on a few great places to buy online later this week. Can’t wait ;)

       
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  2. Molly O'Bryon-Welpott

    HAHA I was just wondering when this would start in the shower!
    Now, I have a question, I have made small baby quilts before (without instruction so I need to learn all over again) BUT we just purchased fabric for my daughters room last week, I was just going to sew it together and make a comforter. I bought 2 kinds 1 1/2 yards 43 inches wide
    Then I bought my color that was going to be an edging around the two long sides cut in half (SOUNDS SO PRIMITIVE AND BRUTAL I KNOW)
    Should I wait, will this quilt be big enough for a twin size and do I need more fabric???
    Just curious:)
    I love the stuff I bought and may need to get more before it’s gone.
    Molly

    YOU MADE MY DAY!

     
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  3. City Chic - Jamie

    Love the fabric you chose! I wish I could make the time in my schedule to do the quilt along, it would be so much fun! My mom and I are in the process of making a quilt as my 30th Bday gift…although we might not finish it before the big day comes, it’s fun to create together!

     
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    1. Angela

      Thanks Jamie. I just turned 30 too. What a nice gift from your mom, even if it’s not done in time ;) It is fun creating together!

       
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    1. Angela

      Wow Barbara, sounds fabulous. The bigger the quilt gets, the harder it gets in some aspects. Good luck with that. I can’t wait to see pictures ;)

       
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  5. kia

    Did I really get lucky enough to check in on your blog when you prepared to start this? Yippee! This will be my first quilt. No special occasion. Just playing.

     
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