I’ve posted basic instructions for the quilt shown at the bottom of this post.
Why’d I Even Try It?
As most of you know by now, I started this blog to give myself an outlet to “be me” after having my first baby. Life drastically changed and I was looking for a hobby I could enjoy while Harley napped. One thing led to another and my blog ended up sponsored by a quilting store (so random).
At that point, I’d never touched a sewing machine before and, to be frank, I had no intention of ever doing so. I mean, I’d watched Project Runway and fantasized about what it would be like to make my own clothes…but let’s get real.. ain’t nobody got time for that! 😉
I Was Paid To Take a Quilting Class
When I was offered the paid sponsorship, the first requirement was that I take a Quilting 101 class. And – I’m being so real right now – I was SUPER skeptical. HA! You have no idea. The word “quilting” made me think of moth balls, dust bunnies, and…well…
To My Surprise
It didn’t take long for my mind to completely change.
Once I started to get the hang of things and actually put my fabric through the sewing machine for the first time, I was hooked!
I’m a pretty social person, so the class atmosphere made it even more fun. I got to chit chat while letting my creative juices flow.
First Comes Love, Then Comes…
Did I mention I was hooked?! That class was back in April, and since then I’ve worked on FOUR MORE quilts and other crafty projects. The skills I learned in class gave me the confidence to make a couple dresses for Harley, a pocket pillow, some coasters, and so much more!
But It All Comes Back To This
While I do love exploring the full art of sewing, quilting has stolen my crafty and creative heart. Something about sitting up in my sewing studio when Harley is asleep and the house is quiet, and just loosing myself in a project (quilts take f o r e v e r , friends), it’s my little taste of paradise.
Not to mention, finishing a project leaves you bursting with pride and joy.
Would I Recommend It To A Friend?
Absolutely, hands down, 100% YES!
In fact, I did! If you follow me on social media you probably saw me advertising a new 101 class geared specifically toward the millennial generation. We all made a version of my “Happy Quilt” shown above, and it was a blast. If you have a store near you that offers sewing/quilting classes, I highly recommend you give it a try. I’ve taken all my classes at Kiki’s Quilt Shack in Fresno, CA. In my opinion, their hospitality and on-staff educators far surpass others in the industry.
“Happy Quilt” Basic Instructions
Blocks: 3yds Total
12 coordinating fabrics: 1/4 yard of each
Border 1: 1/3yd
Border 2: 1/2yd
- Blocks: Cut 3.5 inch, width of fabric, strips from each block fabric
- Border 1: Cut 2 inch strips from border 1 fabric
- Border 2: Cut 3 inch strips from border 2 fabric
- Sew block strips together in sets of three (1/4inch seams throughout)
- Square off and cut blocks based on width of strip sets
- If seam allowances are done accurately, you should be able to square off at 9.5 inches. If not, round down to 9 inches so you get a perfect square.
- Lay out your blocks and move around until you’re happy with their placement
- Sew them all together and add borders
- Finished borders should be 1.5in and 2.5in (4in total)
I can’t wait to see your finished projects! Make sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag @mrs.parsons so I can applaud you. You can also get some kudos by posting to our Facebook page.
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Happy Sewing! xoxo