Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eighty Block Quilt .... Done!

 Last night I washed my Eighty Block Quilt (very small amount of detergent with a lot of Gain Softener) & dried it for about 10 minutes.  Then I hung it up to dry the rest of the way (I used pants hangers and hung it over my door).

This is what it looks like when it's all done.   I LOVE the raw edges.  In my beginner opinion ..... it's the perfect Quilt to start with!! 
My first quilt is officially done and I have enjoyed every minute!! (oops I mean my first two quilts are done...who would think I'd make another so fast....that's what happens when I have no electronics to keep me busy.)

Here are some Q & A's
Q.  How did I get the final quilting done?
A.  I took it to a Long Arm Quilter and she finished it for me.


Q.  What did I take to the Long Arm Quilter?
A.  My Quilt Top, Batting, Backing Fabric & Binding Fabric.

Q.  What was the first step after you made the Quilt Top?
A.  I took it to our local quilt shop and they measured it and told me how much fabric I needed for my Backing & Binding and Batting.


Q.  Did you do your own binding?
A.  No, Shirley has a machine that will do it for me.  My time is worth money & I figured I would have her do it.   If I had more time, I might give it a whirl but my business right now is more than a full time job :)


Q.  Will you have instructions available?
A.  Yes, after Convention I'll provide a video tutorial for free and the written instructions will be available for a small fee. (I am looking for someone with PhotoShop experience to help me).  
For now..... I have a video available on how to make the Flower Quilt Block.


Q. What is the finished size?
A.  The Eighty Block quilt has 80 blocks and the throw has 42 Blocks. (I'm still calling it the Eighty Block Quilt...even though it's a 42 block throw.)  I'm not sure what the finished size is...based on your seam allowance, yours may be a tad different when it's all done.  When you finish your Quilt Top the ladies at the Quilt shop will measure it and tell you how much fabric you need for the back and the binding. I took my first quilt to one store and the second one to a different store (we are lucky to have three stores in our area and one of them is less than 10 minutes from me).  If you don't have a local quilt shop,  ask around...I bet you have some local ladies that can help you right from their home. 


Some extra info:
I've always wanted to quilt but a few things held me back.   1.  I tend to jump with in with two feet .....or you could say I like to run before I walk.  I knew once I tried it ...... I would be hooked.  2.  I was afraid I might not be good enough.  You know how you start something that you've never done and everyone around you is so much better?   I was afraid to be in that beginner position again. 
I will forever be grateful that Jill not only taught me how to make the quilted flowers but she also drove me the quilt shop and helped me buy my fabric!!

Last but not least.....if you want to give Quilting a try.  Please .....just do it :)  What's holding you back?  If you have concerns I'd be happy to help you.   When I started my quilt.... I started with one block and then I made 80 of them.  Next I sewed the rows together...making sure I matched the seams (I was off in a few areas).  When it was all done I just drove to the store and they walked me through it.... I'll never forget walking into Prairie Point with my first quilt...both of the ladies were so nice and were very happy to help me with my first quilt.  Last but not least ....the final quilting.... Shirley put a rush on it because she knew it was my baby and I was having a hard time leaving it with her.  I am very blessed and I'm so thankful!!


Have a great day!!


p.s. to make a Quilt top....all you need is a sewing machine...a quilting machine is nice but if you already own a machine you'll be okay.
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Griselda said...

PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME!

I LOVE YOUR QUILT! It is soo pretty.

Anonymous said...

Angie, Your quilt is simple but BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.
Blessings---Vickie

Margie said...

My mom is a quilter. She taught me to quilt, however, I don't think I have the patience to do a big quilt. I have only done a wall hanging. I would love to get that flower die and make a quilted purse out of it! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

loyaz said...

I love that die and really really love all the creations you made with it. Thank you for this opportunity
DianeL
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Sheila Davis said...

OMG! I LOVE your quilt. I hope to have time to start one myself really soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Okay, that's it! Now I'm hooked and want to try one. It's absolutely beautiful! Great job.
-Krista Johnson

Anonymous said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!! Just fabulous!!

Thx for sharing!

Amy said...

Angie, you are an inspiration. I can see that flower on a rag quilt jacket. Thanks for keeping us crafting!

Just Me ...Jo said...

Oh my gosh...your quilt is beautiful, and I'm SO jealous!! I have always wanted to make a quilt, but I too was afraid that it wouldn't look nice or I wouldn't get the colors to match, etc, etc..excuse after excuse. Having seen yours, and knowing that you were a beginner, I'm seriously thinking I need to give it a try. Thanks for inspiring me to take a chance, and just "do it". You are an excellent teacher...so could you move to Michigan and show me how to make one ??!! :) GREAT job Angie!!

At Paula's Place said...

Wow, this is so cute and I know it's a lot of work and also very exciting to get it back from the quilter all done. Hooooray. Good for you.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Suzanne said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! There are so many cute things that I can make with this. Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

Sharon Miller said...

I have friends who quilt, and they want me to try it. They are such perfectionists, and the patterns look so complicated, I've declined their offer. But like many who have posted before me, your quilt is simple, but simply beautiful.

Debbie from Minnesota (dw0702@msn.com) said...

Great way to use the Stampin Up dies on fabric. Could use for very cute cards too.

dawnmercedes said...

My goal for 2010 was to sew more. well, I have a list on my blog..but recently I've fallen behind. Boy do I wish I had the nerve to quilt! amazing!

GAZ said...

Your quilt is wonderful....love all the colors. Thanks for the chance to win this die and for all you share.

Honey...G said...

Wow, you're just amazing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us.

Stacey Rae said...

You did a great job with the quilt! You are inspiring me to breakout my sewing machine and attempt one myself! Love how you can use the bigshot dies for all types of materials!!! Keep up the great work! Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

Brenda Reed said...

Angie...
You have inspired me to break out the two sewing machines that I have and try some sewing, quilting and fabric cutting with my big shot. I have broken both machines in the fun! (where on earth do you get a sewing machine fixed?) But I am having a blast! Your quilt is fabulous, I would love something like it to curl up in on a rainy night!
Brenda Reed

Mollie said...

Wow! It is beautiful! I just made my girls some outfits out of the Hunky Dory line and bought tons of the Verna line to make a quilt for my daughter's room...although I've never quilted before. Thanks so much for the information and inspiration. I am so excited to give quilting a whirl...keeping my figers crossed that my creations turn out half as beautiful as yours!

Lissame said...

Lovely Quilt, thanks for sharing all of your great work. Thanks for sharing your talant and goodies.

Anonymous said...

Angie, your quilt is just stunning.. you should be very proud of your first effort.. you will only get better from here.. each one you make is a unique learning experience. I used to quilt quite a lot but since we've moved and I had to give up my sewing space I haven't done much at all... our work space gives us energy the right energy right! I would love to win the die so I can make a quilt to send with my youngest as she goes off to college soon (sniff sniff) Keep up the great work, you inspire us all! Julie Draper

Patricia Drybala @ Stamped Sentiments said...

You're quilt is beautiful! I don't sew but you've inspired me to give working with fabric a try. Sure hope I win!

Anonymous said...

You inspire me every time I look at your blog. Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us.
Bonnie

Kathie Tice said...

Angie, your quilt turned out beautiful! Good for you for sticking with it!

Terri C. said...

I love the quilt. I recently made a quilt using 675 squares from the square scallop die. It was big enough to cover a queen size bed, so I know how much work these quilts can be, but also how rewarding it can be to see the completed project. I know whoever wins the quilt will love it and I hope they appreciate all the time and effort you put into it.

Nicole Tugrul said...

Amazing quilt! I don't know how yo find time to do all the things you do!

pink cotton said...

You did a fantastic job. I've been wanting to give this a shot. It's definately on my list of projects to do. Just beautiful! Pinkcottonballs@yahoo.com

Linda said...

Hi Angie Obviously this is a hit..look at all the posts you have! LOVE THE QUILT and all your fabric! You have such talent and your blogs make me happy each time I visit them. You make all your projects seem so easy to do which is great! I love the beautiful green grass in the background of your quilt! Great job! ~Linda

Anonymous said...

So pretty~ Love the flowers! Thanks for the blog candy contest!!
Ashleigh Fisher VA

Kathy said...

Love, Love, Love the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.
Kathy

Karrie said...

Great quilting blog! I just love your fabric choices - the hardest part for me. I will be trying this pattern out! Keep up the great fabric projects.

Rachel Hoffbauer said...

This quilt is just lovely, Angie. You are as talented with fabric as you are with paper! :)

Amanda Mertz said...

You're such an inspiration with all you do. I LOVE how the quilt turned out....you did a fabulous job. I bet you've inspired hundreds of Big Shot quilts to be made. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

rache said...

Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the inspiration - maybe one day. . .

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilt! I just love all the great projects you share. Thanks

Cathy@amhcorp.com

Anonymous said...

WOW - beautiful quilt.I am a quilter and will have to get this die to create a wonderful qilt too!

Thanks for all you do!
Peggie Sue

wintam said...

This is beautiful! I'm going to sniff around this blog so I know what I've been missing (-:

Shana Angell said...

I LOVE IT!!! You are such an inspiration!!! I just received my first sewing machine and I have been dying to learn how to use it!!! Looks like a great project to dive into!!!

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