My First Quilt

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I’m back from my summer break! I didn’t leave the U.S. without having my sister teach me how to make a quilt, however. She has all the fancy equipment (plastic cutting board with angle and measurement guidelines, sharp pizza-cutter thingy, plastic clear cutting guide, sewing machine…) and stayed up until midnight showing me what to do. Poor thing had to get up at 6am the next morning to accompany a group of rowdy high schoolers on a 3-day camping adventure. Thank you, Monica!!

I have most of the cutting and about half the seams done. Now that I’m back in Paris and without a sewing machine, I’ll have to hand-stitch the remaining seams, and hand-sew the backing to the front. This is okay with me, since we have already made great progress and saved a lot of time machine-stitching.

We’ve had some Provençal-printed fabrics Monica and I bought 7 years ago in Aix-en-Provence, and I’ve decided the remnants in primary colors + green would make a very cheerful baby quilt. The pattern I’ve chosen is called “Traveling Around the World” and is appropriate for the baby I have in mind: his mother is Japanese, his father American, and they all live in Hong Kong. I only hope I can finish it in a timely manner, since the previously-attempted baby sweaters have been quite a challenge. The nice thing about a quilt is that, if it’s big enough, the child won’t out-grow it, so I can have a more relaxed timeline.

Below are some pictures of my first adventure in quilting. More to come!

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4 thoughts on “My First Quilt

  1. Have fun! I like quilts too, and have done three crosstitch quilts, which I prefer to cutting and piecing together.

  2. Oh wow, cross-stitch sounds like a lot of work! Of course, I haven’t finished this quilt yet, so who knows what adventures it will bring as I continue…

  3. Hi Rachel, I found your blog this morning and enjoyed reading your recipes and seeing the Latin Quarter pics. I am a long-time quilter currently living in the 8th arrondisement. I would be more than happy to help you out with any questions you may have on making the quilt and you’re welcome to come over and use my sewing machine as well as the fancy gadgets, look at quilting books, etc.

  4. Wow, Tonya, how wonderful and thoughtful to offer your help! The lack of sewing machine is definitely hindering my progress. I cut out all the squares using a make-shift cardboard template and in 2 weeks have only sewn on 4 of the 20-something squares I have left. …and then there’s the backing looming in the distance…. I’ll send you an e-mail and would love to get together!

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