Sewing From the Cottage: Quilt It Tutorial

I love the cottage, there’s never a shortage of outdoor fun. That being said, some of my favourite cottage days are the overcast, rainy, breezy days that keep you inside to work on projects that have long been put off. These days are the perfect opportunity to dig into any old pile of forgotten fabrics and create something new and beautiful!

 

During a recent rainy weekend on the river with my lifelong friend Alannah and my Mom, we decided to do just that. The project – quilting. The problem? Alannah and I had no experience quilting, and it had been a while since my mom had dabbled with the art. The solution? Woven Wolf’s “Quilt It” video tutorial, instructed by Make Den instructor Steff Rose.

 

Excited to get started, our first step was choosing fabric. Alannah chose a beautiful variety from The Make Den, and I picked out some of my mom’s vintage fabric which had been sitting in storage since I was born. My mom chose a combination of both!

 

With Steff’s guidance, our creations began to take shape as more blocks are added, each with their own unique personality and style. We’re so excited to see the final result! Quilting is inherently fun and creative, yet precise, so we were happy to have an expert guiding us every step of the way, without having to drive the 3 hours to be with us in person.

 

All of the tips and tricks Steff passed on from her years of quilting experience was essential to our success, but in the end we all finished with some very cute projects. My mom’s now hangs behind the wood stove.

 

Although I had brought a Free Motion Quilting foot up north, we all felt too intimidated to try it out and potentially make a mess of our lovely creations. After some further practice on scrap material, we are all looking forward to trying this last step out.

 

Our next crafty adventure awaits!

Materials:

– rotary cutter (Steff recommends a 45mm blade, which worked very well for us)
– Strong cotton thread such as Guttermann or Aurifil
– Long cutting ruler (I prefer the 24″ x 6″ Omnigrip)
– Cutting Mat
– Fabric scissors
– Straight pins OR Wonder Clips
– A Pencil
– Basting Saftey Pins (we used regular safety pins, which made things a bit more tricky)
– A Quarter inch piecing foot OR a stack of stickie notes OR a stack of painters tape.
-A walking foot
– Cotton batting (about a 14″ x 14″ square, to be safe)
– Three coordinating quilting cotton fabrics
– A free motion (darning) foot – if you’re feeling brave!

Find the “Quilt It” tutorial here.

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