This weekend I finished my first quilt of the entire year. I used to bust out about 12-15 quilts a year, but this is my first completed quilt in 2015!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen all the videos and photos I posted as I worked on a Concerto crib quilt for a baby gift. But, for those of you who did not see the posts I figured it would be nice to share my progress making the Concerto quilt here on the blog too.
First, I starched, pressed, cut all my fabric, and laid the rows out. The mom-to-be picked out such a wonderful sophisticated color palette for her little boy.
Next I got to work labeling and glue basting all of the rows.
What are you working on this holiday weekend? I don't get a ton of time to sew these days so I'm hoping to sew a lot this weekend. I'll share a few quick videos this weekend so you can see my projects in progress. Project 1: Making a #concertoquilt I already cut and layed out my quilt. Now I'm #gluebasting my rows to prepare for chain piecing. #memorialdaysewing #sewingwips
Then I was able to quickly chain piece all of the blocks in each row together.
Then I set and pressed my seams.
Next up making the #concertoquilt I press the seams. First I set the seam by pressing once on the sewing line I just stitched. This takes longer but it really does help, because it flattens the threads and makes the seam lay flatter. Then I press the seam to the side. I'm pressing each row in alternating directions. You will see that I have tape labeled with numbers and some with stars. If it has a star I know to press toward the label. If it doesn't have a star I press away from the label. #pressingseams #sewingwips #memorialdaysewing
With the rows pressed in alternating directions I glue basted the rows together, one at a time.
Next up making the #concertoquilt I am #gluebasting my rows together. Sometimes you can glue baste more than one row at a time but since I am only glue basting in between each seam I'm only doing one row at a time. Starting at the center of each row, I put a small dot of glue between each block, nest the two seams together and heat set with my iron. #sewingwips #memorialdaysewing
Within no time I had a pieced quilt top ready to be quilted.
I knew if I stopped there I might not have time later on to finish the quilt, so I continued on. I decided to use a soft minky back. I chose to quilt basic straight lines outlining the seams to keep the quilt very sophisticated.
Only took me two days to make a finished Concerto quilt!
I was asked quite a few questions while posting the progress of this quilt, so here are some extra details about the project.
The quilt pattern is my first pattern from years ago called Concerto. I made the 51.5" x 57" crib size.
I used the following fabric from my stash. Blues: Kona Cotton in Windsor and Nautical, Crisscross in Blue, Geo Braid in Navy, Dottie in Jean Jacket, Pointelle in Navy, XOXO in Nightowl, and Dumb Dot in Navy. Greys: Triangularity in Stardust, Crosshatch in Shale, Confetti Dots in Stone, Eyelet in Grey, Heath in Metal, Confetti Dots in Charcoal, Sketch in Ash, Kona Cotton in Ash, Iron, and Silver. Golds: Netorious in Goldilocks Silver, Dottie in Goldilocks, and Opal in Gold. Low Volume: Lightning in Blue, Cuneiform Script in Aged, Remix Crisscross in Gold, Heartfelt in Snow, Laced Remains, Remix Crisscross in White, Branches in Ash, Handdrawn Lines, and Symphony in Natural.
I am using a Rowenta Travel Iron. The handle on my iron is broken from accidentally dropping it, so I am due to get a new iron. I love how hot this iron gets and that it is lightweight and small, but I have had three students in different classes tell me they had this iron and it caught fire or started smoking. Since then I have been meaning to start trying out new irons. I plan to post about my findings when I do.
Absolutely! In fact when I teach a beginner quilting class this is the quilt the students make.
I hope you enjoyed watching the making of this Concerto quilt. Feel free to comment or email me with any further questions!