My First Quilt: Update 1

This last weekend I was finally able to get started on my rainbow zigzag quilt. I’m using this tutorial from the very fun blog, A Quilt Is Nice.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in on the pattern question. After WAY too much deliberation I finally decided to go with the reflected rainbow pattern, with the purples in the middle. This is the final order of the fabrics:

I had never used a rotary cutter before so it took me a bit of practice to get the hang of it (I only wasted a small piece of one fabric) but after working through the kids’ Saturday afternoon nap I got all my squares cut out.

Then I paired up the squares, pinned them together, and used a fabric marker to draw a line across the diagonal.

Then I used the 1/4″ quilting setting on my sewing machine to sew two stitched lines each 1/4″ away from the line I drew earlier. I still have a few more squares to sew together and then it’s on to the next step.

I’m kind of surprised by how much I’m enjoying this project. I love these fabrics so much that just looking at them while I work is fun and while the work is repetitious enough to be relaxing each stage is over pretty quickly so I don’t get too bored. I’m sure that I’m making PLENTY of mistakes, but so far I’m having fun.

3 thoughts on “My First Quilt: Update 1”

  1. I can't wait to see this finished. I'm living vicariously through other friends and bloggers sewing quilts. I have way too many projects in some form of incomplete to start something like this. Love the colors you chose too. It will be so cheerful!

  2. Love the patterns and colors you chose. Can't wait to see what it looks like when all is said and done. It'll probably be so amazing, it'll inspire me out of my fear of quilting.

  3. i'm totally excited about this project! i'm planning to bring back a whole bunch of fabric from home. i haven't been able to find a fabric store around here. i know they much have them but haven't discovered them yet. maybe seeing you do this will get me off my butt and go search out some awesome korean fabrics…

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