Wednesday, October 5, 2011
So this was quite an adventure in sewing, one I'm not sure I'll be willing to take again any time soon. The first blanket I started out with was quite a learning experience. It's not so much a blanket as 2 pieces of fabric with batting in the middle that I could probably lay the baby on.
I Think was frustrated me about it was all those little tiny pieces that were pre-sewn together to make it look like a quilt. The back side of the fabric I kept cutting to make it even with the pre-sewn, and then it wouldn't be the same size, I did this about 2-3 times before I finally said f*ck it, I sewed it together and hoped for the best, it turned out alright, not my best work.
The second one, I'm glad I did 2nd, it was supposed to be that "je ne said quois" ha ha. I learned some more with this piece. I had it pinned together, and sewn on 3 sides, the forth side was not lining up and I kept swearing at it, but it still wouldn't line up. Then I held it up in the air, and shook it and immediately saw my problem. Those wonderful little owls were making the fabric scrunch up a little bit. I fiddled with the fabric, stretched it, pulled it, unstitched on of the sides, and voila, I finally got it to work for me!Because of the lesson I had learned with the previous blanket I cheated on the last step and got some blanket binding. It didn't quite line up on the underside, so I snipped it to fit and that added some of the "no fray" stuff to the ends so it wouldn't fray.
So, the lesson I learned here is, if I really am ever going to quilt again, I need to start from scratch, on my own, no more pre-sewn quilt pieces!