Making Stuff: My Very First Quilt

by This is Carrie on November 14, 2012

I pieced together my very first quilt at Sewing Summit 2012 with the help of all the amazing quilters (especially Danny from Mommy for Reals) during free sewing time. They shared their tips & tricks, giving me the confidence to cut my pile of vintage, new and scrap fabrics. I wanted it to look like a old quilt you might be lucky enough to find in a thrift store.

Even though it’s just a small, 30″x30″ baby blanket, it’s made up of 100 tiny squares.  It’s machine quilted it to a thin piece of natural cotton using my new best friend, 505 Spray to keep it from shifting around.  Since my corners didn’t all match, I decided to straight stitch parallel lines along the long seams where the corners did match.

The key to any good “blankie” is the super soft backing. I picked up some “minky” during my last trip to downtown LA (not that it was any cheaper, but there always seems to be more interesting choices). You can find similar, embossed minky HERE.

I think the recipient approves of her new blankie.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny November 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

it looks great! I also just made my first quilt ever, for my baby :) It was a lot of fun.


Susan November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Baby approved….that’s all you need to feel good…….nice job!!


Andrea November 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

It turned out so lovely. The fabrics were perfect!


MelindaW November 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wow! What a successful first effort! Somehow sewing for babies is THE BEST!
(says the new gramma with two darling little granddaughters)


amy smart November 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Carrie, this quilt is so adorable! Way to go!

I’m sad only got to meet you briefly at the Sewing Summit – the sad case with too many people. (It feels like such a blur now!) I’ve enjoyed catching up with your blog and hope to see you again in the future.


Candie January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

Sew sweet! :)
I love it. Plus, it does have that vintage look to it. Your projects always inspire me. Seriously, I have quilt blocks already cut…been sitting around waiting for me to do something with them. Plus, I have some old quilt pieces that I wanted to recycle. I guess I’ve been nervous, since I’ve only worked on “tied” quilts before. Maybe it’s time to do something with them instead of being scared that my project won’t turn out the way I want it to.


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