Monday, March 25, 2013

DIY Triangle Quilt: I Did It!

Well, I think I surprised every last person who knows me by sewing my first {yes, I plan to have more to come} quilt in about 2.5 weeks!

I was inspired by Happy Together's quilt and followed her tutorial to a T.  I really loved her color scheme so I tried to replicate it as well.  Why mess with a good thing?

With David's help, we hit up three quilt stores to find the perfect colors and purchased a cutting mat and rotary cutter.

It took me a couple of hours a night for about a week & a half to cut and pin the triangles together.  I'm so thankful David helped me along the way.  I think I've mentioned a time or two that he's the best.



The sewing started off very slow and rocky.  I was jamming the bobbin every couple minutes and I even broke my needle.  Once I actually read the manual {I know, I know] I realized that I had the tension dial set wrong AND I threaded the needle incorrectly.  Whoops.  Total beginner here.  After I fixed those things the sewing moved much faster!



The part I hated the most, and ultimately passed on to my husband, was the ironing of all the connected seams.  Once I got the front and back finished sewed to each other, I then sewed the binding to the quilt and then had to hand-stitch the perimeter of the binding to it.


The hand-stitching took me about 5 hours in one night.  I'm just a tad bit determined and antsy to finish things so I made sure that I started right when we put Theron to bed and then eventually finished in the wee hours of the next morning.  It probably took me a lot longer because I had to watch YouTube tutorials {this one and this one were super helpful!} nearly 100 times to figure out just what the heck I was doing.

But I did figure it out and it doesn't look bad.  I'm just as shocked as the next person.





I am beyond shocked that I did this myself and cannot wait to start on my next sewing adventure.  I'm slightly addicted!

xoxo

13 comments:

Angelina Lynn said...

looks awesome- I just sewed my first quilt for my wee one but I've sewed all my life kudos to you for tackling that!

Aja said...

Way to go! It seriously looks amazing! Love the colors and striped binding.

Kristen said...

i love it! it's really great. sewing was one of those creative endeavors that frustrated me, too. i actually never picked it back up once i got a sewing machine in college. i sewed a few things, but always had bobbin/jamming issues, too. i should probably try and do it again, now that i'm older and wiser ;)

Michelle Scheibe said...

Your colors are perfection!! I need to get motivated to finish the quilt I started. That binding thing scares me!

Christina said...

WOW! It looks great and I know you're enjoying that feeling of accomplishment! : )

Mrs. Chic said...

It turned out amazing!!! Great job, I so sew need to sew a quilt, but I'm so nervous other sewing projects don't freak me out but this one does, lol

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks amazing. I love the colors and the triangles. And you finished it so stinking quickly. I'm totally impressed.

Mandy Ford said...

I have to say it again Joi...it turned out AMAZING! High 5 to you girl!!

Anna said...

Great job, Jo! I'm impressed as I don't think I have the patience for sewing.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Nice job! I don't have the patience. I love the pattern! ps - my hubs does much more ironing than I do, nice delegation :)

kelly said...

joi, i LOVE it!!! must. learn. how. to. sew. i've been saying that for years, but i really need to. i figure i'm knitting now so that should count for something, right?!

C said...

It looks awesome! And it's even more special that Theron will always have something HAND-MADE by his mom!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

I am so impressed. I love the colors and the binding. And the triangles. I am still a beginner in the quilting department but triangles still make me a little nervous. What an amazing first quilt!

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