The intimidating thing about starting to sew is the sheer number of decisions that need to be made at each step of the process. And because you are unsure of how each choice affects your desired outcome, there is a greater pressure to “make the correct choice.” With experience, those decisions get easier to make. I am a new quilter, and by golly, there A LOT of decisions to make when planning a quilt.
I have tried to get started on a quilt for my son for almost a year now. I seem to finally be getting started. First off, I made the test blocks above just to see if I could do the curved seams of the “Roads” pattern. I am very happy with how it turned out. It will definitely be more time-consuming than a simple block quilt, but it is definitely doable. It just requires fussy cutting and pinning. (Oh no! Not pinning! hehe.)
I am looking for suggestions on how to quickly cut up these curved pieces. Any fancy tools or tricks? I am going to have to cut up literally hundreds of these little things. :-/
Then, there is the fabric. I’ve only sewn one quilt before and it was a small crib sized one. This one will be twin sized, and I hope treasured for a long time. The amount of fabric needed to make a twin sized quilt is astounding, and I don’t have a quilting stash to work from. It means more expense, and more shopping, but it also means I can go in any direction. I searched around Etsy and bought some yardage from the “Traffic Jam” Collection by Allison Jane Smith. Cute, no?
I am trying to find other complimentary fabrics at my local Joanns, but it is harder than I thought it would be. The colors in Traffic Jam are really rich and intense and I didn’t think about how patterns might clash. I am not sure about the fabric below. Maybe I should stick with more geometric patterns? Am I being too picky? Perhaps the more different patterns I use, the last glaring the difference is? Thoughts?
One last question. Once I pull all the fabric together, do I pre-wash it? I keep going back and forth on this one. I love the look of a wrinkly shrunken quilt, but I was hoping to use old sheets as the backing and I don’t know if it would work to mix shrunk and new fabrics. Anything else I should know about pre vs. post washing?
And don’t even get me started on the actually quilting process. That is a whole other list of decisions to make. 🙂