by Nova Hughes
I have NEVER used a sewing machine in my life. But I've wanted to learn how to sew in the last 4-5 years.
When my grandpa passed at 96 years old, we were going through his stuff and I wanted his ties to "make something". I had no idea what - so the search was on (for a non-sewer).
I found the quilt ideas and fell in love. Surely I could learn how to sew. I searched for patterns, but only found basic tutorials. By trial and error, I made my own patterns and proceeded.
I washed a dried all the ties at the hottest settings. If something was going to happen to them, I wanted it to happen now - not after they were on a quilt. I took the ties apart and was able to get 2-4 ties out of each regular tie with the pattern I created.
I bought shirts to match the ties at the DAV (disabled veterans) store. I was able to get about 2 shirt squares from each shirt. I then cut the shirt "collars" from the shirts also.
I went and bought a sewing machine and got started.
Through lots of online tutorials on how to sew - I started piecing the ties to the shirts. I then sewed the shirts to the "runners" (sorry, I'm probably using the wrong word there).
I ended up with 7 quilt toppers. Wow! That will be enough for me, my sisters and my cousins. I cannot wait to get them finished so we can all have a memory to hold onto forever.
Then the quilt sandwich ad quilting (all from online tutorials) - the first wasn't the best - but I made it. It does have some puckers. :(
I'm working on the 2nd one at the moment.
Since the shirts are all different colors - I wanted an invisible thread for the top. Through this web sites suggestions I went with the YLI nylon invisible thread. I am struggling "big time" with it bird nesting on the bottom. I'm assuming that's because I have to have my tension lessened. I have tried everything I have found suggestions for on the internet - and will just quit for a while because it's so frustrating. :(
I am only doing straight line quilting. I tried some freehand on scraps, but I just do not have what it takes yet to accomplish a decent look.
Here is a picture of my first quilt. I'm sure a lot of you will cringe - and that's ok - I'm cringing too. LOL. But - I got it done and I'm hoping with each quilt I will improve on my technique.
Thank you for letting me share. :)