I purchased my first sewing machine when I moved to Seattle in 2010. I did little things at first...hemming pants for myself and friends, fixing things, nothing ambitious. I didn't have much space in the first rental I lived in, so breaking out the sewing machine meant clearing my desk of my laptop, textbooks, and homework and fishing out the giant IKEA bin of random tools. Ryan came to Seattle and we moved...twice. The second time, we made sure to have an adequate space for our various hobbies, and for the first time since living with my parents, I had a craft table!
|My side of our gloriously spacious office, before the brew station was added.|
I needed something easy for my first quilt, so I decided to go with Elizabeth Hartmann's Charm Squares Baby Quilt. The instructions are available online, and no fancy shapes required! I followed her tutorials for making a "quilt sandwich" and making and sewing the binding and it came out better than expected. I machine-quilted some loop-de-loops across the rows, which you can kind of see in the brown sashing fabric. i forgot to take a picture of the back, but I decided to go easy and did a solid orange fabric.
|Digby tests out the first tummy-time quilt!|
It turned out better than I expected, but I think I'll need a break from quilting for a bit. I'll practice on some other projects before coming back to a task of this scale...overall, though, I'm really happy with the results!